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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.

Nkwa Asem

Filipifo 1

Nkyia

1Saa nhoma yi fi Paulo ne Timoteo a wɔyɛ Kristo Yesu nkoa nkyɛn. Wɔde kɔma Yesu Kristo mu ahotefo ne ahwɛfo ne asomafo a wɔwɔ Filipi no nyinaa.

Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.

Paulo mpaebɔ

Bere biara a mekae mo no, meda Onyankopɔn ase. Saa ara nso na da biara mede anigye bɔ mpae ma mo, efisɛ, efi da a edi kan de besi sesɛɛ no, moaboa me wɔ asɛmpaka no adwumayɛ mu. Eyi nti, migye di yiye sɛ: Onyankopɔn a ofitii ase yɛɛ saa adwuma pa yi wɔ mo mu no bɛkɔ so de akosi da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no.

Sɛnea mo ho adwene pa wɔ me tirim no nti, sɛ daa mekae mo a, na ne kwan so ara nen. Efisɛ, sɛ meda mpokyerɛ mu anaasɛ mede me ho na mereka Asɛmpa no no, mo nyinaa ne me nya Onyankopɔn adom. Onyankopɔn ankasa di me adanse sɛ m’ani agyina mo wɔ Yesu Kristo dɔ mu. Me mpae a mebɔ ma mo ne sɛ, ɔdɔ a mode dodɔ mo ho mo ho no mu bɛyɛ den, na mubenyin wɔ nimdeɛ ne ntease mu 10 sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu nea eye na da a Kristo bɛba no, moayɛ kronn a obi nka asɛm bi ntia mo. 11 Nneɛma pa a Yesu Kristo no nko betumi de ama mo no bɛhyɛ mo abrabɔ ma de ahyɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam, akamfo no.

12 Anuanom, mepɛ sɛ mote ase sɛ nneɛma a aba me so nyinaa aboa ama Asɛmpa no atrɛw. 13 Ɛno nti, awɛmfo a wɔwɔ ahemfi ha ne afoforo a wɔka wɔn ho no nyinaa nim sɛ, esiane sɛ meyɛ Kristo somfo no nti, na meda afiase. 14 Afiase a meda no ahyɛ anuanom bebree nkuran wɔ Awurade mu ma wotumi ka Onyankopɔn asɛm no wɔ akokoduru so a wonsuro hwee.

15 Ɛyɛ nokware sɛ wɔn mu binom nam nitan ne ntɔkwawpɛ so ka Kristo ho asɛm foforo, na afoforo nso de adwene pa na ɛka ne ho asɛm. 16 Wɔn a wɔde adwene pa ka asɛm no fi ɔdɔ mu na ɛka, efisɛ, wonim sɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm nti na meda afiase. 17 Afoforo a wɔnam nitan ne ntɔkwawpɛ so ka asɛm no nso dwen sɛ wɔnam saa kwan yi so bɛma m’ahohiahia aboro so wɔ m’afiase nna yi mu. 18 Eyi nti na ayɛ dɛn? Ɛyɛ me anigyesɛm. Nea ehia ara ne sɛ, sɛ wofi adwene pa anaa adwemmɔne mu no, Kristo ho asɛm ara na wɔka. Na eyi nti m’ani gye na mɛkɔ so ama mani agye, 19 efisɛ, minim sɛ mo mpaebɔ ne adom a efi Yesu Kristo Honhom mmoa mu no nti, wobegyaa me. 20 Me pɛ ne m’anidaso titiriw ne sɛ, mmere nyinaa mede nsi ne anem bɛyɛ m’adwuma; mpo saa bere yi, sɛ mete ase o, sɛ miwu o, mede me nipadua nyinaa bɛhyɛ Kristo anuonyam. 21 Me de, m’ase a mete ne Kristo; na owu yɛ me mfaso. 22 Na sɛ m’ase a mete yi na ɛbɛma matumi matwetwe afoforo abrɛ Kristo a, ɛnne na asetena ne owu, minhu mu nea memfa. 23 Eyi adi me aniani; ɔpɛ na mepɛ sɛ mitu wiase ne Kristo kɔtena, efisɛ, ɛno mmom na eye; 24 nanso mo nti, sɛ mete ase nso a, anka eye.

25 Minim sɛ me ho hia wɔ asase yi so ha; ɛno nti, mɛtena ha kakra na maboa mo ama moanyin wɔ gyidi mu anya anigye. 26 M’asetena yi bɛma mo ani agye na sɛ mesan bɛsra mo bio a, mubenya biribi agyina so ahyɛ Kristo anuonyam sɛ ɔbɔɔ me ho ban.

27 Mprempren, ade a ɛho hia me ne sɛ, biribiara a ɛbɛto mo no, momma mo abrabɔ mfata sɛ Kristo Asɛmpa no nko sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a sɛ yehyia o, sɛ yɛanhyia o, mɛte mo ho asɛm pa sɛ mugyina pintinn na mukita botae koro ne gyidi koro wɔ Asɛmpa no ho.

28 Munnsuro mo atamfo. Biribiara a mobɛyɛ no, momfa akokoduru nnyina pintinn. Na eyi bedi adanse sɛ wobedi nkogu na moadi nkonim, efisɛ, Onyankopɔn ka mo ho. 29 Na mo de, ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔadom mo sɛ munni Kristo akyi nko, na mmom, sɛ mubehu amane nso. 30 Afei mubetumi ne me abom ako ɔko a mereko no. Saa ɔko yi na bere a atwam no, mekoe no, na migu so reko sɛnea mote no no.