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.
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:
2Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.
3Bere biara a mekae mo no, meda Onyankopɔn ase. 4Saa ara nso na da biara mede anigye bɔ mpae ma mo, 5efisɛ efi da a edi kan de besi sesɛɛ no, moaboa me wɔ asɛmpaka no adwumayɛ mu. 6Eyi nti migye di yiye sɛ Onyankopɔn a ofii ase yɛɛ saa adwuma pa yi wɔ mo mu no bɛkɔ so de akosi da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no.
7Sɛnea mo ho adwene pa wɔ me tirim no nti sɛ daa mekae mo a, na ne kwan so ara ne no. Efisɛ sɛ meda mpokyerɛ mu, anaasɛ mede me ho na mereka Asɛmpa no a, mo nyinaa ne me nya Onyankopɔn adom. 8Onyankopɔn ankasa di me adanse sɛ mʼani agyina mo wɔ Yesu Kristo dɔ mu.
9Me 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, 10sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu nea eye na da a Kristo bɛba no na moayɛ kronkron a obi nka asɛm bi ntia mo. 11Nneɛma pa a Yesu Kristo no nko betumi de ama mo no bɛhyɛ mo abrabɔ ma de ahyɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam akamfo no.
12Anuanom, mepɛ sɛ mote ase sɛ nneɛma a aba me so nyinaa aboa ama Asɛmpa no atrɛw. 13Ɛno 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. 14Afiase a meda no ahyɛ anuanom bebree nkuran wɔ Awurade mu ma wotumi ka Onyankopɔn asɛm no wɔ akokoduru so a wonsuro hwee.
15Ɛyɛ nokware sɛ wɔn mu ebinom nam nitan ne ntɔkwapɛ so ka Kristo ho asɛm foforo, na afoforo nso de adwene pa na ɛka ne ho asɛm. 16Wɔn a wɔde adwene pa ka asɛm no fi ɔdɔ mu na ɛka, efisɛ, wonim sɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm nti na meda afiase. 17Afoforo a wɔnam nitan ne ntɔkwapɛ so ka asɛm no nso dwene sɛ wɔnam saa kwan yi so bɛma mʼahohiahia aboro so wɔ mʼafiasenna nna yi mu. 18Eyi 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 mʼani gye na mɛkɔ so ama mʼani agye, 19efisɛ minim sɛ mo mpaebɔ ne adom a efi Yesu Kristo Honhom mmoa mu no nti wobegyaa me. 20Me pɛ ne mʼanidaso titiriw ne sɛ, mmere nyinaa mede nsi ne anem bɛyɛ mʼadwuma; mpo saa bere yi, sɛ mete ase o, sɛ miwu o, mede me nipadua nyinaa bɛhyɛ Kristo anuonyam. 21Me de, Kristo nti na mete ase; na mpo, owu yɛ me mfaso. 22Nanso sɛ mete ase a, metumi ayɛ adwuma a so wɔ mfaso ama Kristo. Ɛno nti minhu mu nea memfa, asetena anaasɛ owu. 23Eyi ayɛ me aniani. Pɛ na mepɛ sɛ mitu fi wiase ne Kristo kɔtena, efisɛ ɛno mmom na eye; 24nanso mo nti, sɛ mete ase nso a anka eye. 25Minim sɛ me ho hia wɔ asase yi so ha; ɛno nti migye di sɛ mɛtena ha kakra na maboa mo ama moanyin wɔ gyidi mu anya anigye. 26Mʼasetena yi bɛma mo ani agye na sɛ mesan bɛsra mo bio a, mubenya biribi agyina so ahyɛ Kristo anuonyam sɛ ɔbɔɔ me ho ban.
27Mprempren, ade a ɛho hia me ne sɛ biribiara a ɛbɛto mo no, momma mo abrabɔ mfata Kristo Asɛmpa no nko ara, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a, sɛ yehyia o, sɛ yɛanhyia o, mɛte mo ho asɛm pa sɛ mugyina pintinn na mukura botae koro ne gyidi koro wɔ Asɛmpa no ho. 28Munnsuro 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. 29Na mo de, ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔadom mo sɛ munni Kristo akyi nko, na mmom sɛ mubehu amane nso. 30Afei mubetumi ne me abɔ mu ako ɔko a mereko no. Saa ɔko yi na bere a atwa mu no, mekoe na migu so reko sɛnea mote no.