Philippians 1

BLB(i) 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus being in Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always making the supplication with joy in my every supplication for all of you, 5 for your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being persuaded of this very thing, that the One having begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 Accordingly, it is right for me to feel this about all of you, since I have you in the heart. Both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are fellow partakers of grace with me. 8 For God is my witness how I long after you all in the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 for you to approve the things being excellent, so that you may be pure and blameless unto the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruit of righteousness that is through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 12 Now I want you to know brothers, that the things concerning me really have turned out to the advancement of the gospel, 13 so as for my chains in Christ to have become clearly known in all the palace guard and to all the rest; 14 and most of the brothers, trusting in the Lord by my chains, to dare more abundantly to speak fearlessly the word. 15 For some, even from envy and strife, are proclaiming Christ, but some also from goodwill— 16 the ones indeed out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 but the others are proclaiming Christ out of selfish ambition, not purely, supposing to add tribulation to my chains. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretext or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. And in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayer and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for me to deliverance, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that I will be ashamed in nothing, but in all boldness also now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live in flesh, this is the fruit of labor for me. And what shall I choose? I do not know. 23 But I am pressed between the two, having the desire to depart and to be with Christ, indeed very much better, 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 And having been persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and will continue with all of you for your progress and joy of the faith, 26 so that through my coming to you again your boasting in me may abound to Christ Jesus. 27 Only conduct yourselves worthily of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether having come and having seen you, or being absent, I might hear the things concerning you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving together with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not being frightened in anything by those opposing you, which is a demonstration of destruction to them, but of salvation to you—and this from God. 29 For it has been granted to you concerning Christ, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer concerning Him, 30 having the same conflict such as you saw in me and now hear of in me.