3我每逢想起你們，就感謝我的上帝。 4每次為你們眾人禱告的時候，我心裡都很喜樂。 5因為你們從開始直到現在，一直和我同心合意地傳揚福音。 6我深信，上帝既然在你們心裡開始了這美好的工作，祂必在耶穌基督再來的時候完成這工作。 7我對你們眾人有這樣的感受是很自然的，因為我常把你們放在心上1·7 「我常把你們放在心上」或譯「你們常把我放在心上」。。不論我是身在獄中，還是為福音辯護和作證的時候，你們都與我同蒙恩典。 8上帝可以作證，我是怎樣以基督耶穌的慈愛之心想念你們。
9我所祈求的就是：你們的愛心隨著屬靈知識的增加和辨別力的提高而日益增長， 10使你們知道怎樣擇善而從，做誠實無過的人，一直到基督再來的日子， 11並靠著耶穌基督結滿仁義的果子，使上帝得到榮耀與頌讚。
12弟兄姊妹，我希望你們知道，我的遭遇反而會使福音傳得更廣， 13連所有的皇家衛兵和其他眾人都知道我是為了基督的緣故而受囚禁。 14大多數主內的弟兄姊妹看見我為主被囚，信心受到鼓舞，更加放膽無懼地傳揚上帝的道。 15當然，有些人宣講基督是出於嫉妒和爭強好勝，也有些人是出於善意。 16後者是出於愛心，知道我是上帝派來維護福音的。 17前者傳講基督是出於個人野心，動機不純，以為可以增加我在獄中的痛苦。 18那又怎樣呢？無論他們傳福音是真心還是假意，基督的福音畢竟傳開了，因此我很歡喜，而且歡喜不已。 19因為我知道，藉著你們的禱告和耶穌基督之靈的幫助，我終會得到釋放。
20我殷切地期待和盼望：我不會感到任何羞愧，而是放膽無懼，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因為對我來說，活著是為了基督，死了也有益處。 22如果活在世上，我可以做工，多結果子。我真不知道該怎麼選擇！ 23我處在兩難之間。我情願離開世界，與基督在一起，那實在是再好不過了。 24可是為了你們，我應該活在世上。 25我既然對此深信不疑，就知道自己仍要活下去，繼續跟你們在一起，好使你們在信仰上又長進又充滿喜樂。 26這樣，我再到你們那裡的時候，你們可以因為我的緣故更加以基督耶穌為榮。
27最要緊的是：你們行事為人要與基督的福音相稱。這樣，不管是去看你們，還是只聽到你們的消息，我都能知道你們同心合意，堅定不移地一起為福音奮鬥， 28毫不懼怕敵人的恐嚇。這清楚表明他們必滅亡，你們必得救，這是出於上帝。 29因為上帝為了基督的緣故，賜恩使你們不但信基督，而且為祂受苦， 30經歷你們從前在我身上見過，現在又從我這裡聽到的同樣爭戰。
1Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 2Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 8For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 9And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 13So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 15Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 17But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 18What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 25And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 26That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 27Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 29For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 30Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.