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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.

Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Filipljanima 1

Neka vam naš Bog Otac i Gospodin Isus Krist udijele milost i mir.

Pavlova zahvalnost i molitva

Kad god vas se sjetim, zahvaljujem Bogu!

U svakoj svojoj molitvi radosno se molim za vas

jer ste bili sudionicima navješćivanja Radosne vijesti o Kristu od prvoga dana pa sve do sada.

Siguran sam da će Bog, koji je započeo dobro djelo među vama, to djelo i dovršiti do dana kad se Isus Krist vrati.

I pravo je da tako osjećam prema vama. Nosim vas u srcu jer ste sa mnom dijelili Božju milost i kad sam bio u okovima, i u obrani i u utvrđivanju Radosne vijesti.

Bog mi je svjedok da čeznem za svima vama ljubavlju Isusa Krista.

Moja je molitva za vas da vaša ljubav još više uzraste, da rastete u znanju i razumijevanju,

10 da znate odabrati najbolje. Tako ćete biti čisti od svake nečistoće i krivnje na Dan Kristova povratka,

11 puni ploda pravednosti koja dolazi po Isusu Kristu.

Pavlova radost zbog propovijedanja Krista

12 želim, draga braćo, da znate da je sve što mi se ovdje dogodilo pomoglo širenju Radosne vijesti

13 jer ovdje svi, pa čak i carska tjelesna straža, znaju da sam u okovima zbog Krista.

14 A i većina braće osmjelila se zbog mojih okova još neustrašivije propovijedati Božju riječ.

15 Neki, doduše, propovijedaju iz zavisti i nadmetanja, ali drugi zato iz dobre volje.

16 Propovijedaju jer me vole i jer znaju da me je Gospodin doveo ovamo da branim Radosnu vijest.

17 Oni drugi pak Krista navješćuju neiskreno, zaradi vlastite koristi. Misle da će mi time još više otežati okove.

18 Ali što onda? Bile njihove pobude iskrene ili ne, Krist se navješćuje. Tomu se radujem. A i dalje ću se radovati

19 jer znam da se molite za mene, da mi pomaže Duh Isusa Krista i da ću na koncu biti spašen.

Pavlov život za Krista

20 živim u žarkoj nadi da me ništa neće smesti, nego da ću uvijek, kao i sada, biti hrabar za Krista i da će se on u meni proslaviti, živio ja ili umro za njega.

21 Jer za mene je život Krist, a smrt dobitak.

22 Ipak, ako živim u tijelu, plodonosno ću djelovati. Što onda odabrati? Ne znam.

23 Razdiru me dvije želje. želim otići i biti s Kristom. To je mnogo bolje za mene.

24 Ali zbog vas je potrebnije da ostanem živjeti u tijelu.

25 Uvjeren sam u to. Ostat ću s vama da rastete i radujete se u vjeri.

26 Tako ćete se, kad opet dođem k vama, imati još više razloga hvaliti onime što je Krist Isus učinio za mene.

živjeti dostojno evanđelja

27 Samo se ponašajte dostojno evanđelja tako da, došao li vas ja vidjeti ili samo slušao o vama, znam da ste postojani u jednome Duhu i da se jednodušno borite za evanđeosku vjeru

28 te da se ni u čemu ne strašite protivnika. To će im biti Božji znak njihove propasti, a vašega spasenja.

29 Jer dana vam je milost ne samo da vjerujete u Krista, nego i da trpite za njega

30 u istoj borbi u kojoj ste me vidjeli i za koju sada čujete da ju vodim.