The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians

1:1Paul and Timotheus, theservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are atPhilippi, with the bishops and deacons: 1:2Grace be unto you, andpeace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:3I thank my God upon everyremembrance of you, 1:4Alwaysin every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 1:5For your fellowship in the gospelfrom the first day until now; 1:6Being confident of this verything, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform ituntil the day of Jesus Christ: 1:7Even as it is meet for me to thinkthis of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in mybonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all arepartakers of my grace. 1:8ForGod is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of JesusChrist. 1:9And this I pray,that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in alljudgment; 1:10That ye mayapprove things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and withoutoffence till the day of Christ; 1:11Being filled with the fruits ofrighteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

1:12But I would ye shouldunderstand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me havefallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 1:13So that my bonds in Christ aremanifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 1:14And many of the brethren in theLord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the wordwithout fear. 1:15Some indeedpreach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 1:16The one preach Christ ofcontention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 1:17But the other of love,knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 1:18What then? notwithstanding, everyway, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I thereindo rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 1:19For I know that this shall turnto my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of JesusChrist, 1:20According to myearnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall beashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now alsoChrist shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or bydeath. 1:21For to me to liveis Christ, and to die is gain. 1:22But if I live in the flesh, thisis the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 1:23For I am in a straitbetwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which isfar better: 1:24Neverthelessto abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 1:25And having this confidence, Iknow that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance andjoy of faith; 1:26That yourrejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to youagain. 1:27Only let yourconversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I comeand see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye standfast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of thegospel; 1:28And in nothingterrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token ofperdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 1:29For unto you it is given in thebehalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for hissake; 1:30Having the sameconflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

2:1If there betherefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if anyfellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2:2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye belikeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 2:3Let nothing bedone through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let eachesteem other better than themselves. 2:4Look not every man on his ownthings, but every man also on the things of others. 2:5Let this mind be in you, which wasalso in Christ Jesus: 2:6Who,being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 2:7But made himself of noreputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in thelikeness of men: 2:8And beingfound in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient untodeath, even the death of the cross. 2:9Wherefore God also hath highlyexalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 2:10That at the name of Jesus everyknee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,and things under the earth; 2:11And that every tongueshould confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God theFather.

2:12Wherefore, my beloved,as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more inmy absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13For it is God which worketh inyou both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 2:14Do all things without murmuringsand disputings: 2:15That yemay be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in themidst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights inthe world; 2:16Holding forththe word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have notrun in vain, neither laboured in vain. 2:17Yea, and if I be offered upon thesacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 2:18For the same cause alsodo ye joy, and rejoice with me.

2:19But I trust in theLord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of goodcomfort, when I know your state. 2:20For I have no man likeminded, whowill naturally care for your state. 2:21For all seek their own, not thethings which are Jesus Christ’s. 2:22But ye know the proof of him,that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 2:23Him therefore I hope tosend presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 2:24But I trust in the Lord that Ialso myself shall come shortly. 2:25Yet I supposed it necessary tosend to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 2:26For he longed after you all, andwas full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 2:27For indeed he was sicknigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on mealso, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 2:28I sent him therefore the morecarefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may bethe less sorrowful. 2:29Receive him therefore in the Lordwith all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 2:30Because for the work of Christ hewas nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack ofservice toward me.

3:1Finally, my brethren,rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeedis not grievous, but for you it is safe.

3:2Beware of dogs, bewareof evil workers, beware of the concision. 3:3For we are the circumcision, whichworship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have noconfidence in the flesh. 3:4Though I might also haveconfidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof hemight trust in the flesh, I more: 3:5Circumcised the eighth day, of thestock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of theHebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 3:6Concerning zeal, persecuting thechurch; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 3:7But what things were gain to me,those I counted loss for Christ. 3:8Yea doubtless, and I count allthings but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesusmy Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do countthem but dung, that I may win Christ, 3:9And be found in him, not havingmine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through thefaith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 3:10That I may know him, and thepower of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, beingmade conformable unto his death; 3:11If by any means I might attainunto the resurrection of the dead. 3:12Not as though I had alreadyattained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I mayapprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 3:13Brethren, I count not myself tohave apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting thosethings which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which arebefore, 3:14I press towardthe mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 3:15Let us therefore, as many as beperfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, Godshall reveal even this unto you. 3:16Nevertheless, whereto we havealready attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the samething. 3:17Brethren, befollowers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for anensample. 3:18(For many walk,of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that theyare the enemies of the cross of Christ: 3:19Whose end is destruction,whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in theirshame, who mind earthly things.) 3:20For our conversation is inheaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 3:21Who shall change our vilebody, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according tothe working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

4:1Therefore, my brethrendearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in theLord, my dearly beloved. 4:2I beseech Euodias, and beseechSyntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 4:3And I intreat thee also, trueyokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, withClement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose namesare in the book of life. 4:4Rejoice in the Lord alway:and again I say, Rejoice. 4:5Let your moderation be known untoall men. The Lord is at hand. 4:6Be careful for nothing; but inevery thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requestsbe made known unto God. 4:7And the peace of God, whichpasseth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through ChristJesus. 4:8Finally, brethren,whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of goodreport; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,think on these things. 4:9Those things, which ye have bothlearned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peaceshall be with you.

4:10But I rejoiced in theLord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again;wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 4:11Not that I speak in respect ofwant: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to becontent. 4:12I know both howto be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I aminstructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to sufferneed. 4:13I can do all thingsthrough Christ which strengtheneth me. 4:14Notwithstanding ye have welldone, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 4:15Now ye Philippians know also,that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, nochurch communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but yeonly. 4:16For even inThessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 4:17Not because I desire a gift: butI desire fruit that may abound to your account. 4:18But I have all, and abound: I amfull, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sentfrom you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasingto God. 4:19But my God shallsupply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 4:20Now unto God and ourFather be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

4:21Salute every saint inChrist Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 4:22All the saints salute you,chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

4:23The grace of our LordJesus Christ be with you all. Amen.Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Authorized King James Version, originally published by Oxford Press, Oxford, 1769