1Nwoma yi firi Paulo ne Timoteo a wɔyɛ Kristo Yesu nkoa nkyɛn,
Yɛde kɔma Yesu Kristo mu ahotefoɔ ne ahwɛfoɔ ne asomafoɔ a wɔwɔ Filipi no nyinaa:
2Adom ne asomdwoeɛ a ɛfiri yɛn Agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.
3Ɛberɛ biara a mekae mo no, meda Onyankopɔn ase. 4Saa ara nso na da biara mede anigyeɛ bɔ mpaeɛ ma mo, 5ɛfiri sɛ, ɛfiri da a ɛdi ɛkan de bɛsi sɛsɛɛ no, moaboa me wɔ asɛmpaka no adwumayɛ mu. 6Yei enti, megye di yie sɛ, Onyankopɔn a ɔhyɛɛ aseɛ yɛɛ saa adwuma pa yi wɔ mo mu no bɛkɔ so de akɔsi da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no.
7Sɛdeɛ mo ho adwene pa wɔ me tirim no enti, sɛ daa mekae mo a, na ne kwan so ara ne no. Ɛfiri sɛ, sɛ meda mpɔkyerɛ mu, anaasɛ mede me ho na mereka Asɛmpa no a, mo nyinaa ne me nya Onyankopɔn adom. 8Onyankopɔn ankasa di me adanseɛ sɛ mʼani agyina mo wɔ Yesu Kristo ɔdɔ mu.
9Me mpaeɛ a mebɔ ma mo ne sɛ, ɔdɔ a mode dodɔ mo ho mo ho no mu bɛyɛ den, na mobɛnyini wɔ nimdeɛ ne nteaseɛ mu, 10sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a mobɛhunu deɛ ɛyɛ na da a Kristo bɛba no, moayɛ kronn a obi nka asɛm bi ntia mo. 11Nneɛma pa a Yesu Kristo no nko bɛtumi de ama mo no bɛhyɛ mo abrabɔ ma de ahyɛ Onyankopɔn animuonyam, akamfo no.
12Anuanom, mepɛ sɛ mote aseɛ sɛ nneɛma a aba me so nyinaa aboa ama Asɛmpa no atrɛ. 13Ɛno enti, awɛmfoɔ a wɔwɔ ahemfie ha ne afoforɔ a wɔka wɔn ho no nyinaa nim sɛ, ɛsiane sɛ meyɛ Kristo ɔsomfoɔ no enti na meda afiase. 14Afiase a meda no ahyɛ anuanom bebree nkuran wɔ Awurade mu ma wɔtumi ka Onyankopɔn asɛm no wɔ akokoɔduru so a wɔnsuro hwee.
15Ɛyɛ nokorɛ sɛ wɔn mu binom nam nitan ne ntɔkwapɛ so ka Kristo ho asɛm foforɔ, na afoforɔ nso de adwene pa na ɛka ne ho asɛm. 16Wɔn a wɔde adwene pa ka asɛm no firi ɔdɔ mu na ɛka, ɛfiri sɛ, wɔnim sɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm enti na meda afiase. 17Afoforɔ a wɔnam nitan ne ntɔkwapɛ so ka asɛm no nso dwene sɛ wɔnam saa kwan yi so bɛma mʼahohiahia aboro so wɔ mʼafiase nna yi mu. 18Yei enti, na ayɛ ɛdeɛn? Ɛyɛ me anigyesɛm. Deɛ ɛhia ara ne sɛ, sɛ wɔfiri adwene pa anaa adwemmɔne mu no, Kristo ho asɛm ara na wɔka.
Na yei enti mʼani gye na mɛkɔ so ama mʼani agye, 19ɛfiri sɛ, menim sɛ mo mpaeɛbɔ ne adom a ɛfiri Yesu Kristo Honhom mmoa mu no enti, wɔbɛgyaa me. 20Mepɛ ne mʼanidasoɔ titire ne sɛ, mmerɛ nyinaa mede nsi ne anem bɛyɛ mʼadwuma; mpo saa ɛberɛ yi, sɛ mete ase o, sɛ mewu o, mede me onipadua nyinaa bɛhyɛ Kristo animuonyam. 21Me deɛ, Kristo enti na mete ase; na mpo, owuo yɛ me mfasoɔ. 22Nanso sɛ mete ase a, mɛtumi ayɛ adwuma a ɛho wɔ mfasoɔ ama Kristo. Ɛno enti, menhunu mu deɛ memfa, asetena anaasɛ owuo. 23Yei adi me aniani. Pɛ na mepɛ sɛ metu firi ewiase ne Kristo kɔtena, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛno mmom na ɛyɛ; 24nanso mo enti, sɛ mete ase nso a, anka ɛyɛ. 25Menim sɛ me ho hia wɔ asase yi so ha; ɛno enti, megye di sɛ mɛtena ha kakra na maboa mo ama moanyini wɔ gyidie mu anya anigyeɛ. 26Mʼasetena yi bɛma mo ani agye na sɛ mesane bɛsra mo bio a, mobɛnya biribi agyina so ahyɛ Kristo animuonyam sɛ ɔbɔɔ me ho ban.
27Seesei, adeɛ a ɛho hia me ne sɛ, biribiara a ɛbɛto mo no, momma mo abrabɔ mfata Kristo Asɛmpa no nko ara, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, sɛ yɛhyia o, sɛ yɛanhyia o, mɛte mo ho asɛm pa sɛ mogyina pintinn na mokura botaeɛ korɔ ne gyidie korɔ wɔ Asɛmpa no ho. 28Monnsuro mo atamfoɔ. Biribiara a mobɛyɛ no, momfa akokoɔduru nnyina pintinn. Na yei bɛdi adanseɛ sɛ wɔbɛdi nkoguo na moadi nkonim, ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn ka mo ho. 29Na mo deɛ, ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔadom mo sɛ monni Kristo akyi nko, na mmom, sɛ mobɛhunu amane nso. 30Afei mobɛtumi ne me abom ako ɔko a mereko no. Saa ɔko yi na ɛberɛ a atwam no, mekoeɛ no, na megu so reko sɛdeɛ mote no no.
1We, Paul and Timothy, are writing this letter. We serve Christ Jesus.
We are sending this letter to you, all God’s holy people in Philippi. You belong to Christ Jesus. We are also sending this letter to your leaders and deacons.
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul Prays and Gives Thanks
3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. 5I am happy because you have joined me in spreading the good news. You have done so from the first day until now. 6God began a good work in you. And I am sure that he will carry it on until it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns.
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you. I love you with all my heart. I may be held by chains, or I may be standing up for the truth of the good news. Either way, all of you share in God’s grace together with me. 8God is my witness that I long for all of you. I love you with the love that Christ Jesus gives.
9I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding. 10Then you will be able to know what is best. Then you will be pure and without blame for the day that Christ returns. 11You will be filled with the fruit of right living produced by Jesus Christ. All these things bring glory and praise to God.
Paul Spreads the Good News While in Prison
12Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. What has happened to me has actually helped to spread the good news. 13One thing has become clear. I am being held by chains because I am a witness for Christ. All the palace guards and everyone else know it. 14And because I am a prisoner, most of the believers have become bolder in the Lord. They now dare even more to preach the good news without fear.
15It’s true that some preach about Christ because they are jealous. But others preach about Christ to help me in my work. 16The last group acts out of love. They know I have been put here to be a witness for the good news. 17But the others preach about Christ only to get ahead. They preach Christ for the wrong reasons. They think they can stir up trouble for me while I am being held by chains. 18But what does it matter? Here is the important thing. Whether for right or wrong reasons, Christ is being preached about. That makes me very glad.
And I will continue to be glad. 19I know that you are praying for me. I also know that God will give me the Spirit of Jesus Christ to help me. So no matter what happens, I’m sure I will still be set free. 20I completely expect and hope that I won’t be ashamed in any way. I’m sure I will be brave enough. Now as always Christ will receive glory because of what happens to me. He will receive glory whether I live or die. 21For me, life finds all its meaning in Christ. Death also has its benefits. 22Suppose I go on living in my body. Then I will be able to carry on my work. It will bear a lot of fruit. But what should I choose? I don’t know! 23I can’t decide between the two. I long to leave this world and be with Christ. That is better by far. 24But it is more important for you that I stay alive. 25I’m sure of this. So I know I will remain with you. And I will continue with all of you to help you grow in your faith. I will also continue to help you be joyful in what you have been taught. 26I’m sure I will be with you again. Then you will be able to boast in Christ Jesus even more because of me.
Living to Honor the Good News
27No matter what happens, live in a way that brings honor to the good news about Christ. Then I will know that you remain strong together in the one Spirit. I will know this if I come and see you or only hear about you. I will know that you work together as one person. I will know that you work to spread the teachings about the good news. 28So don’t be afraid in any way of those who oppose you. This will show them that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved. That’s what God will do. 29Here is what he has given you to do for Christ. You must not only believe in him. You must also suffer for him. 30You are going through the same struggle you saw me go through. As you have heard, I am still struggling.