Paul and Timotheus the seruants of Iesus Christ, to all the Saints in Christ Iesus, which are at Philippi, with the Bishops and Deacons:
Grace be vnto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
I thanke my God vpon euery remembrance of you,
Alwayes in euery prayer of mine for you all making request, with ioy
For your felowship in the Gospel from the first day vntill now;
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will performe it vntil the day of Iesus Christ:
Euen as it is meete for mee to thinke this of you all, because I haue you in my heart, in as much as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the Gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all, in the bowels of Iesus Christ.
And this I pray, that your loue may abound yet more & more in knowledge, and in all iudgment.
That ye may approue things that are excellent, that ye may be sincere, and without offence till the day of Christ.
Being filled with the fruites of righteousnesse, which are by Iesus Christ vnto the glory and praise of God.
But I would yee should vnderstand brethren, that the things which happened vnto mee, haue fallen out rather vnto the furtherance of the Gospel.
So that my bonds in Christ, are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places.
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident, by my bonds, are much more bold to speake the word without feare.
Some in deed preach Christ, euen of enuie and strife, and some also of good will.
The one preach Christ of contention, not syncerely, supposing to adde affliction to my bonds:
But the other of loue, knowing that I am set for the defence of the Gospel.
What then?
Notwithstanding euery way, whether in pretence, or in trueth: Christ is preached, and I therein doe reioyce, yea, and will reioyce.
For I know that this shall turne to my saluation through your prayer, and the supplie of the spirit of Iesus Christ,
According to my earnest expectation, and my hope, that in nothing I shalbe ashamed: but that with all boldnes, as alwayes, so now also Christ shal be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.
For to me to liue is Christ, and to die is gaine.
But if I liue in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shal chuse, I wote not.
For I am in a strait betwixt two, hauing a desire to depart, & to bee with Christ, which is farre better.
Neuertheles, to abide in the flesh, is more needfull for you.
And hauing this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all, for your furtherance and ioy of faith,
That your reioycing may bee more abundant in Iesus Christ for me, by my comming to you againe.
Onely let your conuersation bee as it becommeth the Gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may heare of your affaires, that yee stand fast in one spirit, with one minde, striuing together for the faith of the Gospel,
And in nothing terrified by your aduersaries, which is to them an euident token of perdition: but to you of saluation, and that of God.
For vnto you it is giuen in the behalfe of Christ, not onely to beleeue on him, but also to suffer for his sake,
Hauing the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now heare to be in me.