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Current Translation: New Living Translation
Current Chapter: Philippians 1
Greetings from Paul
1This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.It is written to all of God's people in Philippi, who believe in Christ Jesus, and to the elders and deacons.[footnote]
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul's Thanksgiving and Prayer
3Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
4I always pray for you, and I make my requests with a heart full of joy
5because you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.
6And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
7It is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a very special place in my heart. We have shared together the blessings of God, both when I was in prison and when I was out, defending the truth and telling others the Good News.
8God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
9I pray that your love for each other will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in your knowledge and understanding.
10For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until Christ returns.
11May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation--those good things that are produced in your life by Jesus Christ--for this will bring much glory and praise to God.[footnote]
Paul's Joy That Christ Is Preached
12And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News.[footnote]
13For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ.
14And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ.[footnote]
15Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives.
16They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News.
17Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me.
18But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.
19For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Paul's Life for Christ
20For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die.
21For to me, living is for Christ, and dying is even better.
22Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don't know which is better.
23I'm torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me,
24but it is better for you that I live.
25I am convinced of this, so I will continue with you so that you will grow and experience the joy of your faith.
26Then when I return to you, you will have even more reason to boast about what Christ Jesus has done for me.
Live as Citizens of Heaven
27But whatever happens to me, you must live in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ, as citizens of heaven. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing side by side, fighting together for the Good News.
28Don't be intimidated by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.
29For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.
30We are in this fight together. You have seen me suffer for him in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of this great struggle.
From the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, by Tyndale Charitable Trust copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.