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The apostle's affection for the Philippians.

[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 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, 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, wither 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:

[22] This is to me: His meaning is, that although his dying immediately for Christ would be his gain, by putting him presently in possession of heaven; yet he is doubtful what he should choose, because by staying longer in the flesh, he should be more beneficial to the souls of his neighbours.

[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.

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