The Epistle of Saint Paul The Apostle to the Philippians

THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE PHILIPPIANS.

CHAP. I.
The apostle’s affection for the Philippians.

1 PAUL and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ: to all the saint in Christ Jesus, who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
2 Grace be unto you, and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I give thanks to my God, in every remembrance of you,
4 Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all with joy,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel of Christ, from the first day until now.
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus.
7 As it is meet for me to think this for you all: because I have you in my heart: and that in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy.
8 For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding.
10 That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ,
11 Being filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12 Now, I desire, brethren, you should know, that the things which have happened to me, have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel:
13 So that my bonds are made manifest, in Christ, in all the court, and in all other places:
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord taking courage by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear.
15 Some, indeed, even out of envy and contention: but some also for good-will preach Christ:
16 Some out of charity, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
17 And some out of contention preach Christ not sincerely, imagining that they raise affliction to my bonds.
18 But what then? So that every way, whether by occasion, or by truth, Christ be preached: in this also I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
20 According to my expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be confounded: but with all confidence, as always, so now also shall Christ 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 And if to live in the flesh, this is to me the fruit of labour, and what I shall choose I know not.
23 But I am straitened between two; having a desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ, being by much the better:
24 But to remain in the flesh is necessary for your sake.
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all, for your furtherance and joy of faith:
26 That your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus, for me, by my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conversation be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that whether when I come and see you, or being absent, hear of you, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind laboring together for the faith of the gospel:
28 And in nothing be ye terrified by adversaries: which to them is a cause of perdition, but to you of salvation, and this from God.
29 For to you it is given for Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him:
30 Having the same conflict as that which you have seen in me, and now have heard of me.

CHAP. II.
He recommends to them unity and humility; and to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.

1 IF there be, therefore, any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3 Let nothing be done through strife, nor by vainglory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves.
4 Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s.
5 For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery, to be himself equal to God:
7 But debased himself, taking the form of a servant, being made to the likeness of men, and in shape found as a man.
8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above every name:
10 That in the name of Jesus, every knee should bow of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence) work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to accomplish, according to the good-will.
14 And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations:
15 That you may be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a depraved and perverse generation: among whom you shine as lights in the world.
16 Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ, because I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain.
17 Yea, and if I be made a victim upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and congratulate with you all.
18 And for the self-same thing do you also rejoice, and congratulate with me.
19 And I hope in the Lord Jesus, to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know the things concerning you.
20 For I have no man so of the same mind, who with sincere affection is solicitous for you.
21 For all seek the things that are their own, not the things that are Jesus Christ’s.
22 Now know ye the proof of him, that as a son with the father, so hath he served with me in the gospel.
23 Him, therefore, I hope to send to you immediately, as soon as I shall see the things which concern me.
24 And I trust in the Lord, that I also myself shall come to you shortly.
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and fellow-labourer, and fellow-soldier, but your apostle, and the minister to my wants.
26 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him: and not only on him, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Therefore I sent him the more speedily: that seeing him against you may rejoice, and I may be without sorrow.
29 Receive him, therefore, with all joy in the Lord: and treat with honour such as he is.
30 Because, for the work of Christ, he came nigh unto death, delivering up his life, that he might fulfil that which was wanting on your part towards my service.

CHAP. III.
He exhorts them to put off the old man, and to put on the new. The duties of wives and husbands, children and servants.

1 THEREFORE, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above: where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God:
2 Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on the earth.
3 For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ shall appear, who is your life: then shall you also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols:
6 For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief:
7 In which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.
8 But now put you also all away: anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, filthy speech out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another: stripping yourselves of the old man with his deeds.
10 And putting on the new, him who is renewed unto knowledge, according to the image of him, who created him.
11 Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond or free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend that in hwcih I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: forgetting the things that are behind, and stretching forth myself to those that are before,
14 I pursure towards the mark, for the prize of the supernal vocation, of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us, therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.
16 Nevertheless whereunto we are already come, that we be of the same mind: let us also continue in the same rule.
17 Be followers of me, brethren, and observe them who walk so, as you have our model.
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping) that they are enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction: whose God is their belly: and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
20 But our conversation is in heaven: whence also we expect the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

CHAP. IV.
He exhorts them to perseverance in all good; and acknowledges their charitable contributions to him.

1 THEREFORE, my brethren, dearly beloved, and most desired, my joy and my crown: so stand fast in the Lord, most beloved:
2 I beg of Evodia, and I beseech Syntyche to be of one mind in the Lord.
3 And I entreat thee also, my sincere companion, help those women, who have laboured with me in the gospel with Clement, and the rest of my fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice.
5 Let your modesty be known to all men: the Lord is nigh.
6 Be solicitous about nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are modest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are holy, whatsoever things are amiable, whatsoever things are of good repute, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise of discipline, think on these things.
9 The things which you have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 And I rejoiced in the Lord exceedingly, that now at length your thought for me hath flourished again, as you did also think: but you were occupied.
11 I speak not as it were for want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content therewith.
12 I know both how to be brought low, and I know how to abound: (every where and in all things I am instructed) both to be full, and to be hungry: both to abound, and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things in him who strengtheneth me.
14 Nevertheless you have done well, in communicating to my tribulation.
15 And you also know, O Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me, as concerning giving and receiving, but you only:
16 For unto Thessalonica also, you sent once and again for my use.
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things you sent, an odour of sweetness, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
19 And may my God supply all your want, according to his riches, in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 Now to God our Father be glory, world without end. Amen.
21 Salute ye every saint in Christ Jesus.
22 The brethren, who are with me, salute you. All the saints salute you: especially they who are of Cæsar’s house.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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