Philippians

(ASV - American Standard Version)
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Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

Chapter 1

[1]Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: [2]Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

[3]I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you, [4]always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy, [5]for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now; [6]being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ: [7]even as it is right for me to be thus minded on behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers with me of grace. [8]For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus. [9]And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; [10]so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offence unto the day of Christ; [11] being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

[12]Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things [which happened] unto me have fallen out rather unto the progress of the gospel; [13]so that my bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest; [14]and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear. [15]Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: [16]the one [do it] of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel; [17]but the other proclaim Christ of faction, not sincerely, thinking to raise up affliction for me in my bonds. [18]What then? only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and therein I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. [19] For I know that this shall turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, [20]according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall I be put to shame, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall 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 to live in the flesh, --[if] this shall bring fruit from my work, then what I shall choose I know not. [23]But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better: [24]yet to abide in the flesh is more needful for your sake. [25]And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide, yea, and abide with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith; [26]that your glorying may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again. [27]Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you and be absent, I may hear of your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel; [28]and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but of your salvation, and that from God; [29] because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf: [30] having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Chapter 2

[1]If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions, [2]make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; [3][doing] nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; [4]not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. [5]Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6]who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7]but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; [8]and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient [even] unto death, yea, the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; [10]that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven and [things] on earth and [things] under the earth, [11]and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

[12]So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; [13]for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. [14]Do all things without murmurings and questionings: [15]that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world, [16]holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain. [17]Yea, and if I am offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all: [18]and in the same manner do ye also joy, and rejoice with me.

[19]But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. [20]For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state. [21]For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. [22]But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child [serveth] a father, [so] he served with me in furtherance of the gospel. [23]Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me: [24]but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come shortly. [25]But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need; [26]since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick: [27]for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. [28]I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. [29]Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold such in honor: [30]because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

Chapter 3

[1]Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not irksome, but for you it is safe. [2]Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision: [3]for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: [4]though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinketh to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more: [5]circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; [6]as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. [7] Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. [8]Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, [9]and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, [even] that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: [10]that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; [11]if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead. [12]Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. [13] Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing [I do], forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, [14]I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. [15]Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you: [16]only, whereunto we have attained, by that same [rule] let us walk.

[17]Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample. [18]For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ: [19]whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and [whose] glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. [20]For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: [21]who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, [that it may be] conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

Chapter 4

[1]Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved. [2]I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. [3]Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

[4]Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. [5]Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [6]In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. [7]And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

[8]Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. [9]The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

[10]But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity. [11]Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. [12]I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. [13]I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me. [14]Howbeit ye did well that ye had fellowship with my affliction. [15]And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only; [16]for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need. [17]Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account. [18]But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things [that came] from you, and odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. [19]And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. [20]Now unto our God and Father [be] the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

[21]Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren that are with me salute you. [22]All the saints salute you, especially they that are of Caesar's household. [23]The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.