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THE LETTER OF ST. PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS

 
 
The Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 1
1   Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ; to all the
    saints 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 communication in the gospel of Christ from the
    first day unto 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, for that
    I have you in my heart; and that in my bands, 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  Filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ,
    unto the glory and praise of God.
12  Now, brethren, I desire 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 bands are made manifest in Christ, in all the
    court, and in all other places:
14  And many of the brethren in the Lord, growing confident by
    my bands, 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:
    supposing that they raise affliction to my bands.
18  But what then? So that by all means, 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 fall out to me unto 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
    it be 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, a thing by far the
    better.
24  But to abide still in the flesh, is needful for you.
25  And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide, 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 I come and see you, or, being
    absent, may hear of you, that you stand fast in one
    spirit, with one mind labouring together for the faith of
    the gospel.
28  And in nothing be ye terrified by the adversaries: which
    to them is a cause of perdition, but to you of salvation,
    and this from God:
29  For unto 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
     The Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 2
1   If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any
    comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any
    bowels of commiseration:
2   Fulfil ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the
    same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3   Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain
    glory: 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
    equal with God:
7   But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being
    made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.
8   He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to
    the death of the cross.
9   For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given
    him a name which is above all names:
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,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.
13  For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to
    accomplish, according to his 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 crooked 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 selfsame thing do you also rejoice, and
    congratulate with me.
19  And I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy unto 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 unto you immediately, so soon
    as I shall see how it will go with me.
24  And I trust in the Lord, that I myself also shall come to
    you shortly.
25  But I have thought it necessary to send to you
    Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow labourer, and fellow
    soldier, but your apostle, and he that hath ministered to
    my wants.
26  For indeed he longed after you all: and was sad, for that
    you had heard that he was sick.
27  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
    again, 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 to the point of
    death: delivering his life, that he might fulfil that
    which on your part was wanting towards my service
      The Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 3
1   As to the rest, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write
    the same things to you, to me indeed is not wearisome, but
    to you is necessary.
2   Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the
    concision.
3   For we are the circumcision, who in spirit serve God; and
    glory in Christ Jesus, not having confidence in the flesh.
4   Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any
    other thinketh he may have confidence in the flesh, I
    more,
5   Being circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel,
    of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews;
    according to the law, a Pharisee:
6   According to zeal, persecuting the church of God;
    according to the justice that is in the law, conversing
    without blame.
7   But the things that were gain to me, the same I have
    counted loss for Christ.
8   Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the
    excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I
    have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but
    as dung, that I may gain Christ:
9   And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is
    of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ
    Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith:
10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection,
    and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made
    conformable to his death,
11  If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is
    from the dead.
12  Not as though I had already attained, or were already
    perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means
    apprehend, wherein 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 press towards the mark, to 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 come, that we be of the same
    mind, let us also continue in the same rule.
17  Be ye 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; from whence also we
    look for 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
      The Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4
1   Therefore, my dearly beloved brethren, and most desired,
    my joy and my crown; so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly
    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 nothing solicitous; 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 modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy,
    whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be
    any virtue, if 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  Now I rejoice in the Lord exceedingly, that now at length
    your thought for me hath flourished again, as you did also
    think; but you were busied.
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: (everywhere, 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 these 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 and 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 that are of Caesar's
    household.
23  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
    Amen.

 

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