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Philippians 1

Thanksgiving

1Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed),

To all the saints (God’s people) in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, including the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God in every remembrance of you, always offering every prayer of mine with joy [and with specific requests] for all of you, [thanking God] for your participation and partnership [both your comforting fellowship and gracious contributions] in [advancing] the good news [regarding salvation] from the first day [you heard it] until now. I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]. It is right for me to feel this way about you, because [you have me in your heart as] I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the good news [regarding salvation], all of you share in [His matchless] grace with me. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus [whose great love fills me]. And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight, 10 so that you may learn to recognize and treasure what is excellent [identifying the best, and distinguishing moral differences], and that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ [actually living lives that lead others away from sin]; 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God [so that His glory may be both revealed and recognized].

The Gospel Is Preached

12 Now I want you to know, [a]believers, that what has happened to me [this imprisonment that was meant to stop me] has actually served to advance [the spread of] the good news [regarding salvation]. 13 My imprisonment in [the cause of] Christ has become common knowledge throughout the whole [b]praetorian (imperial) guard and to everyone else. 14 Because of my chains [seeing that I am doing well and that God is accomplishing great things], most of the [c]brothers have renewed confidence in the Lord, and have far more courage to speak the word of God [concerning salvation] without fear [of the consequences, seeing that God can work His good in all circumstances]. 15 Some, it is true, are [actually] preaching Christ out of envy and rivalry [toward me—for no better reason than a competitive spirit or misguided ambition], but others out of goodwill and a loyal spirit [toward me]. 16 The latter [preach Christ] out of love, because they know that I have been put here [by God on purpose] for the defense of the gospel; 17 but the former preach Christ [insincerely] out of selfish ambition [just self-promotion], thinking that they are causing me distress in my imprisonment. 18 What then [does it matter]? So long as in every way, whether in pretense [for self-promotion] or in all honesty [to spread the truth], Christ is being preached; and in this I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice [later as well], 19 for I know [with confidence] that this will turn out for my deliverance and spiritual well-being, through your prayers and the [superabundant] supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ [which upholds me]. 20 It is my own eager expectation and hope, that [looking toward the future] I will not disgrace myself nor be ashamed in anything, but that with courage and the utmost freedom of speech, even now as always, Christ will be magnified and exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

21 For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity]. 22 If, however, it is to be life here and I am to go on living, this will mean useful and productive service for me; so I do not know which to choose [if I am given that choice]. 23 But I am hard-pressed between the two. I have the desire to leave [this world] and be with Christ, for that is far, far better; 24 yet to remain in my body is more necessary and essential for your sake. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that your rejoicing for me may overflow in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

27 Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one [d]mind striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel. 28 And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God. 29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 [and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict which [e]you saw me endure, and which you hear to be mine now.

  1. Philippians 1:12 Lit brethren.
  2. Philippians 1:13 This word is derived from the Latin praetor (leader, commander). Paul’s use of the word here indicates that he is referring to the troops who served as the emperor’s bodyguard, and evidently were also entrusted with the custody of prisoners who had come to Rome on appeal.
  3. Philippians 1:14 Lit brethren.
  4. Philippians 1:27 Lit soul.
  5. Philippians 1:30 Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned in Philippi during their first trip to the region. See Acts 16:19-40.

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Filipperne 1

Indledende hilsen

1Kære ledere og medhjælpere i menigheden og alle i Filippi, som hører Jesus Kristus til. Dette brev er fra Paulus og Timoteus, Jesu Kristi tjenere. Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud, vores Far, og Herren Jesus Kristus.

Taksigelse og bøn for filipperne

3-4 Hver gang jeg tænker på jer, fyldes mit hjerte med glæde, og når jeg beder for jer, gør jeg det med tak til Gud. I har jo været med til at sprede det glædelige budskab om Kristus lige fra det øjeblik, I tog imod det, og I gør det stadig. Det var Gud, som begyndte sit gode værk i jer, og jeg er overbevist om, at han også vil fuldføre det. Han vil fortsat arbejde med jer indtil den dag, hvor Jesus Kristus kommer igen.

Det er kun naturligt, at jeg tænker sådan om jer, for I har vist stor hengivenhed over for mig.[a] I har stået sammen med mig i tjenesten for Gud, både når jeg har været i fængsel, og når jeg har forsvaret og begrundet budskabet om Kristus. Gud ved, hvor meget jeg længes efter jer alle, og hvor højt jeg elsker jer med Jesu Kristi kærlighed.

Jeg beder om, at jeres kærlighed må blive ved med at vokse, og at I må få stadig større åndelig forståelse og dømmekraft, 10 så I kan skønne, hvad der er det væsentlige og træffe de rigtige valg. Jeg beder om, at I på dommens dag må kunne stå med en ren og uplettet samvittighed 11 og med rige resultater af de gode gerninger, som Kristus har udført gennem jer til ære og pris for Gud.

Paulusʼ fangenskab standser ikke forkyndelsen af Kristus

12 Jeg er glad for at kunne fortælle jer, kære venner, at det, der er sket med mig, faktisk har bevirket, at budskabet om Kristus er nået endnu længere ud. 13 Alle her omkring—og det gælder også soldaterne i garnisonen—er klar over, at jeg sidder i fængsel, fordi jeg tjener Kristus. 14 Desuden har mit fangenskab givet mange af de kristne her større tillid til Gud, så de nu frimodigt forkynder Guds ord uden frygt.

15 Selvom der er nogle, der taler om Kristus, fordi de er misundelige på mig og gerne vil skabe vanskeligheder for mig, er der andre, der har gode motiver. 16 De sidstnævnte forkynder Ordet af kærlighed, og de ved, at jeg er her, fordi Herren har givet mig den opgave at forsvare budskabet om Jesus. 17 De første derimod har ikke rene motiver, men taler om Kristus for at give mig endnu flere problemer her i fængslet. 18-19 Men hvilket motiv de end har, så bliver det gode budskab om Kristus altså forkyndt—og det vil jeg glæde mig over.

Jeg glæder mig også over, at I beder for mig, for jeg er sikker på, at ved jeres bøn og ved den hjælp, Jesu Kristi Ånd giver mig, vil jeg komme sejrrig igennem denne prøvelse. 20 Det er mit håb og min faste overbevisning, at jeg ikke på nogen måde skal komme til at svigte Kristus, men at han nu som altid må blive æret ved, at jeg frimodigt forkynder det budskab, han har givet mig. Hvad enten jeg skal dø i tjenesten for ham, eller jeg får lov at leve, vil jeg altid ære ham. 21 Så længe jeg lever, lever jeg for Kristus. Og når jeg dør, bliver det endnu bedre. 22 Men siden der er gode resultater af mit arbejde her på jorden, ved jeg snart ikke, hvad jeg helst vil. 23 På en måde foretrækker jeg at dø og derefter være sammen med Kristus, for det ville være herligt. 24 Men så længe der endnu er brug for mig på jorden, er jeg parat til at blive. 25 Derfor tror jeg også, at jeg skal blive her endnu en tid til glæde for jer og for at hjælpe jer til at vokse i troen. 26 Når jeg så besøger jer en gang til, får I endnu mere grund til at lovprise Jesus Kristus for, hvad han udretter gennem min tjeneste.

Kæmp for troens sag

27 Men hvad der end sker, så skal I leve på en sådan måde, at I ærer Kristus ved det. Hvad enten jeg kommer og besøger jer, eller jeg må nøjes med at høre om jer, forventer jeg, at I står side om side i samme ånd og kæmper for troens sag. 28 I skal ikke være bange for, hvad jeres modstandere kan finde på at gøre. For dem er jeres tro jo et klart fingerpeg om, at de går fortabt, men at I vil få det evige liv. Det er alt sammen med i Guds plan. 29 Af Guds nåde har I ikke alene fået lov at tro på Kristus, men I har også fået lov at lide for ham, 30 mens I fortsat kæmper den samme kamp, som I engang så mig stå i, og som I nu hører, at jeg stadig står i.

  1. 1,7 Teksten kan enten forstås som: „jeg er hengiven over for jer” eller „I er hengivne over for mig”.