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: 2 Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God in every remembrance of you, 4 always offering every prayer of mine with joy [and with specific requests] for all of you, 5 [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. 6 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]. 7 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. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus [whose great love fills me]. 9 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
- Philippians 1:12 Lit brethren.
- 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.
- Philippians 1:14 Lit brethren.
- Philippians 1:27 Lit soul.
- Philippians 1:30 Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned in Philippi during their first trip to the region. See Acts 16:19-40.
1Paulo ndi Timoteyo, atumiki a Khristu Yesu.
Kulembera anthu onse oyera mtima a ku Filipi amene ali mwa Khristu Yesu, pamodzi ndi oyangʼanira ndi atumiki awo.
2 Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale kwa inu.
Kuyamika ndi Pemphero
3 Ndimayamika Mulungu wanga nthawi zonse ndikakumbukira inu. 4 Mʼmapemphero anga onse opempherera inu, nthawi zonse ndimapemphera ndi chimwemwe 5 chifukwa mwakhala mukundithandiza polalikira Uthenga Wabwino kuyambira tsiku loyamba mpaka tsopano. 6 Sindikukayika konse kuti Iye amene anayamba ntchito yabwino mwa inu adzayipitiriza ndi kuyimaliza mpaka pa tsiku la kubweranso kwa Khristu Yesu.
7 Kwa ine ndi bwino kuti ndiziganiza zotere za nonsenu, popeza ndimakukondani, ngakhale ndikhale mʼndende, kapena pamene ndikuteteza ndi kukhazikitsa Uthenga Wabwino, inu nonse mumagawana nane chisomo cha Mulungu. 8 Mulungu angandichitire umboni kuti ndimakulakalakani ndi chikondi cha Khristu Yesu.
9 Ndipo pemphero langa ndi lakuti chikondi chanu chipitirire kukulirakulira pa chidziwitso ndi kuzama mʼmaganizo, 10 kuti mukhoza kuzindikira chabwino koposa zonse ndi chiti kuti muthe kukhala wopanda chodetsa ndi wopanda chilema kufikira tsiku la Khristu. 11 Ndipo moyo wanu udzakhala odzazidwa ndi chipatso cha chilungamo chimene chimachokera mwa Yesu Khristu. Pakuti zimenezi zidzapereka ulemerero ndi matamando kwa Mulungu.
Maunyolo a Paulo Apititsa Mʼtsogolo Uthenga Wabwino
12 Tsopano abale, ndikufuna mudziwe kuti chimene chandichitikira ine chathandiza kwambiri kupititsa patsogolo Uthenga Wabwino. 13 Chotsatira chake nʼchakuti zadziwika bwino lomwe kwa onse amene ali ku nyumba yaufumu kuti ine ndili mʼmaunyolo chifukwa cha Khristu. 14 Moti chifukwa cha maunyolo angawa, abale ambiri alimbikitsidwa kuyankhula Mawu a Mulungu molimbika ndi mopanda mantha.
15 Nʼzoonadi kuti ena amalalikira Khristu chifukwa cha kaduka ndi mikangano, koma ena chifukwa cha zolinga zabwino. 16 Olalikira ndi zolinga zabwinowa amachita izi mwachikondi, podziwa kuti ine ndili muno chifukwa cha kuteteza Uthenga Wabwino. 17 Ena aja amalalikira Khristu modzikonda osati moona mtima namaganiza kuti kutero kubweretsa mavuto pamene ndili mʼmaunyolo. 18 Nanga kodi zimenezo zili ndi ntchito? Chofunika ndi chakuti Khristu alalikidwe, kaya ndi mwachinyengo kapena moona. Ndipo ndikukondwera chifukwa cha chimenechi.
Ndithu, ndidzapitirira kukondwera, 19 pakuti ndikudziwa kuti chifukwa cha mapemphero anu ndi thandizo lochokera kwa Mzimu wa Yesu Khristu, zimene zandionekera zidzathandiza kuti ndimasulidwe. 20 Ndili ndi chiyembekezo chonse kuti sindidzachita manyazi ndi pangʼono pomwe, koma ndidzakhala ndi chilimbikitso chokwanira kuti monga mwa nthawi zonse, tsopano Khristu adzakwezedwa mʼthupi langa kaya ndi mʼmoyo kapena mu imfa. 21 Pakuti kwa ine kukhala moyo ndi Khristu ndipo kufa ndi phindu. 22 Ngati nditi ndipitirire kukhala ndi moyo mʼthupi ndiye kuti kwa ine ndi kugwira ntchito yopindulitsa. Kodi ndisankhe chiyani? Sindikudziwa. 23 Ndathinidwa ndi zinthu ziwirizi: Ndikulakalaka kunyamuka kuti ndikakhale ndi Khristu, chimene ndi chinthu chabwino kwambiri. 24 Komanso nʼkofunika kwambiri kuti ndikhalebe mʼthupi chifukwa cha inu. 25 Ndili ndi chitsimikizo, ndikudziwa kuti ndidzakhala ndi moyo ndipo ndidzapitirira nanu kuti nonse mupite mʼtsogolo ndi kukhala ndi chimwemwe mu chikhulupiriro 26 kuti pokhala nanunso, kudzitamandira kwanu mwa Khristu Yesu kudzasefukire chifukwa cha ine.
Moyo Woyenerana ndi Uthenga Wabwino
27 Chilichonse chimene chingachitike, chachikulu nʼchakuti mukhale moyo ofanana ndi Uthenga Wabwino wa Khristu. Tsono ngati ndingabwere kudzakuonani kapena kumangomva za inu ndili kutali, ndidzadziwa kuti mwayima mwamphamvu mwa Mzimu mmodzi, kulimbika pamodzi ngati munthu mmodzi chifukwa cha chikhulupiriro cha Uthenga Wabwino 28 osachita mantha ndi pangʼono pomwe ndi amene akutsutsana nanu. Ichi ndi chizindikiro kwa iwo kuti adzawonongedwa, koma inu mudzapulumutsidwa ndi Mulungu. 29 Pakuti inu mwapatsidwa mwayi osati ongokhulupirira Khristu kokha, koma wakumva zowawa mʼmalo mwa Khristu. 30 Inunso mukudutsa mʼzowawa zomwe zija munaona ndikudutsamo inenso ndipo pano mukumva kuti ndikukumana nazobe.