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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.

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.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Wafilipi 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo na Timotheo, watumwa wa Yesu Kristo. Kwa watakatifu walioko Filipi pamoja na maaskofu na wasaidizi wote wa kanisa. Tunawatakieni neema na amani itokayo kwa Mungu Baba yetu na kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. Shukrani Na Maombi.

Ninamshukuru Mungu wangu kila ninapowakumbuka katika sala zangu zote, nikiomba kwa furaha na shukrani kwa ajili ya ushi rikiano uliopo kati yetu katika kueneza Injili, tangu siku ya kwanza hadi leo. Nina hakika kwamba, yeye aliyeianza kazi yake njema mioyoni mwenu, ataiendeleza na kuikamilisha siku ile ataka porudi Yesu Kristo.

Ninajisikia hivi kwa sababu nawathamini sana moyoni mwangu. Kwa maana tumeshiriki pamoja neema ya Mungu wakati nikiwa kifun goni na wakati nikiitetea na kuithibitisha Injili. Mungu ni shahidi wangu kwamba natamani mno kuwa pamoja nanyi na kwamba upendo nilio nao kwenu ni upendo wa Kristo Yesu. Na sala yangu kwa ajili yenu ni kwamba upendo wenu uzidi kuongezeka siku hadi siku pamoja na maarifa na busara 10 ili mpate kutambua mambo yaliyo mema. Na pia mpate kuwa watu safi, wasio na hatia hadi siku ya Kristo. 11 Maisha yenu yawe na matunda ya haki yatokayo kwa Yesu Kristo, ili Mungu apewe utukufu na sifa. 12 Ndugu zangu, napenda mfahamu kwamba haya mambo yaliyonipata yamesaidia sana kueneza Injili ya Kristo. 13 Watu wote hapa pamoja na maaskari wa ikulu wanajua wazi kuwa mimi niko kifungoni kwa sababu ya kumtumikia Kristo. 14 Kwa sababu ya kifungo changu, ndugu wengi katika Bwana wametiwa moyo kuhubiri neno la Mungu pasipo hofu. 15 Ni kweli kwamba wapo ndugu wengine wanaom hubiri Kristo kutokana na wivu na kwa kutaka kushindana; lakini wengine wanamhubiri Kristo kwa nia njema. 16 Hawa wanahubiri kwa moyo wa upendo, wakifahamu kwamba Mungu ameniweka hapa kifungoni ili niitetee Injili. 17 Hao wengine wanamtangaza Kristo kwa tamaa ya kupata sifa wala si kwa moyo wa upendo, wakifikiri kwamba kwa kufanya hivyo wataniongezea mateso yangu kifungoni. 18 Lakini kwangu mimi hiyo si kitu. Lililo la muhimu ni kwamba kwa kila njia Kristo anahubiriwa, ikiwa kwa nia mbaya au kwa nia njema. Kwa sababu hiyo, mimi nashangilia. Pia nitaendelea kushan gilia, 19 kwa sababu najua kwamba kwa ajili ya sala zenu na kwa msaada wa Roho wa Yesu Kristo, jambo lililonipata litageuka kuwa njia ya kufunguliwa kwangu. 20 Shauku yangu na tumaini langu ni kwamba sitaaibika kwa njia yo yote, bali nitakuwa na ujasiri, ili kama ilivyo sasa, Kristo aendelee kutukuzwa kutokana na maisha yangu, kama ni kuishi au hata kama ni kufa. 21 Kwa maana kwangu mimi, kuishi ni Kristo na kufa ni faida. 22 Kama nitaendelea kuishi katika mwili, hii itaniwezesha kufanya kazi yenye matunda. Lakini sijui nichague lipi! 23 Yote mawili yananivutia: nata mani niyaache maisha haya ili nikakae pamoja na Kristo, jambo ambalo naona ni bora zaidi. 24 Lakini kwa sababu yenu naona kuwa ni muhimu zaidi nikiendelea kuishi. 25 Nina hakika kwamba, kwa sababu hii nitabaki na kuendelea kuishi pamoja nanyi nyote, ili mpate kukua na kuwa na furaha katika imani. 26 Na hivyo, kwa ajili yangu, muwe na sababu ya kuona fahari ndani ya Kristo Yesu kwa kuja kwangu kwenu.

Mapambano Kwa Ajili Ya Imani

27 Lakini hata ikitokea nini, hakikisheni kuwa mwenendo wenu unalingana na Injili ya Kristo. Ili kama nikija kuwaona au hata nisipojaliwa kufika, nipate habari kuwa mnasimama imara katika roho ya umoja, mkiwa na nia moja huku mkipambana kwa pamoja kwa ajili ya imani ya Injili, 28 bila kuwaogopa wale wanaowapinga. Hii ni ishara dhahiri ya kuangamia kwao, lakini kwenu ninyi, hii ni ishara ya wokovu wenu kutoka kwa Mungu. 29 Kwa maana mmepewa heshima kwa ajili ya Kristo, sio tu kumwamini, bali pia kuteswa kwa ajili yake. 30 Sasa mnashiriki mapambano yale yale mliyoona nikiwa nayo na ambayo mnasikia kwamba bado naendelea nayo.