Paul’s Epistle to the

Chapter One
  1. PAUL and Ti-mo′-the-us, the servants of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, to all the saints in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ which are at Phi-lip′-pi, with the bishops and deacons:
  2. Grace be unto you, and peace, from ⟨God⟩ our Father, and from the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  3. I thank my ⟨God⟩ upon every remembrance of you,
  4. Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
  5. For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
  6. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  7. Even as it is meet for me to think this 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 of my grace.
  8. For ⟨God⟩ is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  9. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
  10. That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of ⟨Christ⟩;
  11. Being filled with the fruits of righteous­ness, which are by ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, unto the glory and praise of ⟨God⟩.
  12. But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
  13. So that my bonds in ⟨Christ⟩ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
  14. And many of the brethren in the ⟨Lord⟩, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
  15. Some indeed preach ⟨Christ⟩ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
  16. The one preach ⟨Christ⟩ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
  17. But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
  18. What then? nothwithstanding, every way, whether in pre­tence, or in truth, ⟨Christ⟩ is preached; and I therein do 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 earnest expec­ta­tion and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also ⟨Christ⟩ shall 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. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
  23. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with ⟨Christ⟩; which is far better:
  24. Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more 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 be more abundant in ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ for me by my coming to you again.
  27. Only let your conver­sation be as it becometh the gospel of ⟨Christ⟩: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
  28. And in nothing terrified by your adver­saries: which is to them an evident token of per­dition, but to you of sal­va­tion, and that of ⟨God⟩.
  29. For unto you it is given in the behalf of ⟨Christ⟩, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
  30. Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Chapter Two
  1. IF there be therefore any conso­lation in ⟨Christ⟩, if any com­fort of love, if any fellow­ship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
  2. Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like­minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
  3. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in low­li­ness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
  4. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
  5. 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 made himself of no rep­u­ta­tion, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
  8. And being found in fashion as a man, he hum­bled himself, and became obe­dient unto death, even the death of the cross.
  9. Wherefore ⟨God⟩ also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
  10. That at the name of ⟨Jesus⟩ every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in 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. Wherefore, my beloved, 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⟩ which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
  14. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
  15. That ye may be blameless and harm­less, the sons of ⟨God⟩, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and per­verse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
  16. Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of ⟨Christ⟩, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
  17. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
  18. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
  19. But I trust in the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ to send Ti-mo′-the-us 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 naturally care for your state.
  21. For all seek their own, not the things which are ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ’s⟩.
  22. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
  23. Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
  24. But I trust in the ⟨Lord⟩ that I also myself shall come shortly.
  25. Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you E-paph-‍ro-‍di′-‍tus, my brother, and com­panion in labour, and fellow­soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
  1. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
  2. For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but ⟨God⟩ had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
  3. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
  4. Receive him therefore in the ⟨Lord⟩ with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
  5. Because for the work of ⟨Christ⟩ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Chapter Three
  1. FINALLY, my brethren, rejoice in the ⟨Lord⟩. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
  2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
  3. For we are the circumcision, which worship ⟨God⟩ in the spirit, and rejoice in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩, and have no confidence in the flesh.
  4. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
  5. Circumcised on the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
  6. Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteous­ness which is in the law, blameless.
  7. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for ⟨Christ⟩.
  8. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excel­lency of the knowl­edge of ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ my ⟨Lord⟩: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win ⟨Christ⟩,
  9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteous­ness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of ⟨Christ⟩, the righteous­ness which is of ⟨God⟩ by faith:
  10. That I may know him, and the power of his resur­rection, and the fellow­ship of his sufferings, being made conform­able unto his death;
  11. If by any means I might attain unto the resur­rection of the dead.
  12. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may appre­hend that for which also I am appre­hended of ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  13. Brethren, I count not myself to have appre­hended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
  14. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of ⟨God⟩ in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  15. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, ⟨God⟩ shall reveal even this unto you.
  16. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
  17. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
  18. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the 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. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩:
  21. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Chapter Four
  1. THEREFORE, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the ⟨Lord⟩, my dearly beloved.
  2. I beseech Eu-o′-di-as, and beseech Syn′-ty-che, that they be of the same mind in the ⟨Lord⟩.
  3. And I intreat thee also, true yoke­fellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow­labourers, whose name are in the book of life.
  4. Rejoice in the ⟨Lord⟩ alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
  5. Let your moderation be known unto all men, The ⟨Lord⟩ is at hand.
  6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing 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 keep your hearts and minds through ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  8. Finally, brethren, what­so­ever things are true, what­so­ever things are honest, what­so­ever things are just, 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. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the ⟨God⟩ of peace shall be with you.
  10. But I rejoiced in the ⟨Lord⟩ greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flour­ished again; where­in ye were also care­ful, but ye lacked opportunity.
  11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in what­so­ever state I am, there­with to be content.
  12. I know both how to be abased, 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 through ⟨Christ⟩(,) which strengtheneth me.
  14. Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did com­mu­ni­cate with my affliction.
  15. Now ye Phi-lip′-pi-ans know also, that in the begin­ning of the gospel, when I departed from Mac-‍e-‍do′-‍ni-‍a, no church com­mu­ni­cated with me as con­cerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
  16. For even in Thes-sa-lo-ni′-ca ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
  17. Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
  18. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of E-‍paph-‍ro-‍di′-‍tus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well­pleasing to ⟨God⟩.
  19. But my ⟨God⟩ shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  20. Now unto ⟨God⟩ and our Father be glory for ever and ever. A-men′.
  21. Salute every saint in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩. The brethren which are with me greet you.
  22. All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Cæsar’s household.
  23. The grace of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ be with you all. A-men′.
Line upon line, precept upon precept”…
for knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail,
but understanding remains (if gained from the former).