3我每逢想起你们，就感谢我的上帝。 4每次为你们众人祷告的时候，我心里都很喜乐。 5因为你们从开始直到现在，一直和我同心合意地传扬福音。 6我深信，上帝既然在你们心里开始了这美好的工作，祂必在耶稣基督再来的时候完成这工作。 7我对你们众人有这样的感受是很自然的，因为我常把你们放在心上1:7 “我常把你们放在心上”或译“你们常把我放在心上”。。不论我是身在狱中，还是为福音辩护和作证的时候，你们都与我同蒙恩典。 8上帝可以作证，我是怎样以基督耶稣的慈爱之心想念你们。
9我所祈求的就是：你们的爱心随着属灵知识的增加和辨别力的提高而日益增长， 10使你们知道怎样择善而从，做诚实无过的人，一直到基督再来的日子， 11并靠着耶稣基督结满仁义的果子，使上帝得到荣耀与颂赞。
12弟兄姊妹，我希望你们知道，我的遭遇反而会使福音传得更广， 13连所有的皇家卫兵和其他众人都知道我是为了基督的缘故而受囚禁。 14大多数主内的弟兄姊妹看见我为主被囚，信心受到鼓舞，更加放胆无惧地传扬上帝的道。 15当然，有些人宣讲基督是出于嫉妒和争强好胜，也有些人是出于善意。 16后者是出于爱心，知道我是上帝派来维护福音的。 17前者传讲基督是出于个人野心，动机不纯，以为可以增加我在狱中的痛苦。 18那又怎样呢？无论他们传福音是真心还是假意，基督的福音毕竟传开了，因此我很欢喜，而且欢喜不已。 19因为我知道，借着你们的祷告和耶稣基督之灵的帮助，我终会得到释放。
20我殷切地期待和盼望：我不会感到任何羞愧，而是放胆无惧，不管是生是死，都要一如既往地使基督在我身上得到尊崇。 21因为对我来说，活着是为了基督，死了也有益处。 22如果活在世上，我可以做工，多结果子。我真不知道该怎么选择！ 23我处在两难之间。我情愿离开世界，与基督在一起，那实在是再好不过了。 24可是为了你们，我应该活在世上。 25我既然对此深信不疑，就知道自己仍要活下去，继续跟你们在一起，好使你们在信仰上又长进又充满喜乐。 26这样，我再到你们那里的时候，你们可以因为我的缘故更加以基督耶稣为荣。
27最要紧的是：你们行事为人要与基督的福音相称。这样，不管是去看你们，还是只听到你们的消息，我都能知道你们同心合意，坚定不移地一起为福音奋斗， 28毫不惧怕敌人的恐吓。这清楚表明他们必灭亡，你们必得救，这是出于上帝。 29因为上帝为了基督的缘故，赐恩使你们不但信基督，而且为祂受苦， 30经历你们从前在我身上见过，现在又从我这里听到的同样争战。
1Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus,
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5 in view of your [c]participation in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 [d]For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my [e]imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the [f]affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may [g]approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless [h]until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
The Gospel Is Preached
12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 13 so that my [i]imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole [j]praetorian guard and to everyone else, 14 and that most of the [k]brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my [l]imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even [m]from envy and strife, but some also [n]from good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition [o]rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my [p]imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my [q]deliverance through your [r]prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
To Live Is Christ
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 [s]But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know [t]which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy [u]in the faith, 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one [v]mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
Notas al pie
- Philippians 1:1 Or holy ones
- Philippians 1:1 Lit with
- Philippians 1:5 Or sharing in the preaching of the gospel
- Philippians 1:7 Lit Just as it is right
- Philippians 1:7 Lit bonds
- Philippians 1:8 Lit inward parts
- Philippians 1:10 Or discover; or distinguish between the things which differ
- Philippians 1:10 Or for
- Philippians 1:13 Lit bonds
- Philippians 1:13 Or governor’s palace
- Philippians 1:14 Or brethren in the Lord, trusting because of my bonds
- Philippians 1:14 Lit bonds
- Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
- Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
- Philippians 1:17 Lit not sincerely
- Philippians 1:17 Lit bonds
- Philippians 1:19 Or salvation
- Philippians 1:19 Lit supplication
- Philippians 1:22 Or But if to live in the flesh, this will be fruitful labor for me, then I
- Philippians 1:22 Lit what I shall choose
- Philippians 1:25 Lit of
- Philippians 1:27 Lit soul