Amplified Bible

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.

Notas al pie

  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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

腓立比書 1

1我保羅和提摩太是基督耶穌的奴僕,寫信給腓立比屬於基督耶穌的眾聖徒、諸位監督和執事。

願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安!

感恩和禱告

我每逢想起你們,就感謝我的上帝。 每次為你們眾人禱告的時候,我心裡都很喜樂。 因為你們從開始直到現在,一直和我同心合意地傳揚福音。 我深信,上帝既然在你們心裡開始了這美好的工作,祂必在耶穌基督再來的時候完成這工作。 我對你們眾人有這樣的感受是很自然的,因為我常把你們放在心上[a]。不論我是身在獄中,還是為福音辯護和作證的時候,你們都與我同蒙恩典。 上帝可以作證,我是怎樣以基督耶穌的慈愛之心想念你們。

我所祈求的就是:你們的愛心隨著屬靈知識的增加和辨別力的提高而日益增長, 10 使你們知道怎樣擇善而從,做誠實無過的人,一直到基督再來的日子, 11 並靠著耶穌基督結滿仁義的果子,使上帝得到榮耀與頌讚。

為基督而活

12 弟兄姊妹,我希望你們知道,我的遭遇反而會使福音傳得更廣, 13 連所有的皇家衛兵和其他眾人都知道我是為了基督的緣故而受囚禁。 14 大多數主內的弟兄姊妹看見我為主被囚,信心受到鼓舞,更加放膽無懼地傳揚上帝的道。 15 當然,有些人宣講基督是出於嫉妒和爭強好勝,也有些人是出於善意。 16 後者是出於愛心,知道我是上帝派來維護福音的。 17 前者傳講基督是出於個人野心,動機不純,以為可以增加我在獄中的痛苦。 18 那又怎樣呢?無論他們傳福音是真心還是假意,基督的福音畢竟傳開了,因此我很歡喜,而且歡喜不已。 19 因為我知道,藉著你們的禱告和耶穌基督之靈的幫助,我終會得到釋放。

20 我殷切地期待和盼望:我不會感到任何羞愧,而是放膽無懼,不管是生是死,都要一如既往地使基督在我身上得到尊崇。 21 因為對我來說,活著是為了基督,死了也有益處。 22 如果活在世上,我可以做工,多結果子。我真不知道該怎麼選擇! 23 我處在兩難之間。我情願離開世界,與基督在一起,那實在是再好不過了。 24 可是為了你們,我應該活在世上。 25 我既然對此深信不疑,就知道自己仍要活下去,繼續跟你們在一起,好使你們在信仰上又長進又充滿喜樂。 26 這樣,我再到你們那裡的時候,你們可以因為我的緣故更加以基督耶穌為榮。

27 最要緊的是:你們行事為人要與基督的福音相稱。這樣,不管是去看你們,還是只聽到你們的消息,我都能知道你們同心合意,堅定不移地一起為福音奮鬥, 28 毫不懼怕敵人的恐嚇。這清楚表明他們必滅亡,你們必得救,這是出於上帝。 29 因為上帝為了基督的緣故,賜恩使你們不但信基督,而且為祂受苦, 30 經歷你們從前在我身上見過,現在又從我這裡聽到的同樣爭戰。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·7 我常把你們放在心上」或譯「你們常把我放在心上」。