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.
11:1 Atũm 16:1; 1Tim 3:1Nĩ ithuĩ Paũlũ na Timotheo, ngombo cia Kristũ Jesũ,
Marũa maya tũrandĩkĩra andũ othe arĩa aamũre thĩinĩ wa Kristũ Jesũ arĩa mũrĩ kũu Filipi, hamwe na arori a kanitha, o na atungati aguo.
21:2 Arom 1:7Mũrogĩa na wega na thayũ ciumĩte kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ, na Mwathani Jesũ Kristũ.
Gũcookia Ngaatho hamwe na Kũhooya
3Nĩnjookagĩria Ngai wakwa ngaatho rĩrĩa rĩothe ndaamũririkana. 41:4 Arom 1:10Rĩrĩa rĩothe ngũmũhoera inyuothe-rĩ, ndĩmũhooyagĩra hĩndĩ ciothe ngenete. 51:5 Atũm 2:42; Afil 4:15Tondũ wa ngwatanĩro iitũ na inyuĩ harĩ Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega, kuuma o mũthenya wa mbere nginya rĩu. 61:6 Thab 138:8Niĩ nĩnjũũĩ ũndũ ũyũ na ma, atĩ Ngai ũrĩa waambĩrĩirie wĩra mwega thĩinĩ wanyu nĩegũthiĩ na mbere kũũruta, na ndekũũtigithĩria ataũrĩkĩtie nginya mũthenya ũrĩa Kristũ Jesũ agaacooka.
7Kuona atĩ mũkoragwo mũrĩ ngoro-inĩ yakwa, nĩ njagĩrĩirwo nĩkũigua ũguo nĩ ũndũ wanyu inyuothe; tondũ-rĩ, kana nĩ kuohwo njohetwo na mĩnyororo, kana nĩ kũrũĩrĩra na gwĩkĩra hinya Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega, inyuĩ inyuothe nĩmũgwatanagĩra na niĩ thĩinĩ wa wega wa Ngai. 81:8 Arom 1:9Ngai nĩ mũira wakwa atĩ nĩndĩmwĩriragĩria inyuothe ndĩ na wendo wa Kristũ Jesũ.
91:9 1Athe 3:12; Aef 1:17Na ũrĩa hooyaga nĩ atĩrĩ: atĩ wendani wanyu ũingĩhe mũno makĩria, mũkĩongagĩrĩrwo ũmenyo na ũkuũku wothe, 101:10 1Akor 1:8nĩgeetha mũhotage gũkũũrana maũndũ marĩa magĩrĩire makĩria ya marĩa mangĩ, na mũkoragwo mũrĩ atheru na mũtarĩ na ũcuuke o nginya mũthenya ũrĩa wa Kristũ, 11na mũtũũre mũiyũrĩtwo nĩ maciaro ma ũthingu marĩa monekaga na ũndũ wa Jesũ Kristũ, nĩguo Ngai akumagio na agoocagwo.
Mĩnyororo ya Paũlũ Gũtwarithia Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega na Mbere
12Na rĩu ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, nĩngwenda mũmenye atĩ maũndũ marĩa mangorete ti-itherũ nĩmatũmĩte Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega ũthiĩ na mbere. 13Nĩ ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, nĩkũmenyekete wega nĩ arangĩri a nyũmba ya mũthamaki, o na kũrĩ andũ arĩa angĩ othe atĩ niĩ njohetwo na mĩnyororo nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ. 141:14 Atũm 21:33Nĩ ũndũ wa ũrĩa njohetwo, ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ aingĩ nĩmomĩrĩirio kwaria kiugo kĩa Ngai marĩ na ũũmĩrĩru mũnene na matarĩ na guoya.
15Nĩ ũhoro wa ma atĩ amwe mahunjagia Kristũ marĩ na ũiru na ngarari, no angĩ mahunjagia marĩ na ngoro njega. 16Acio mahunjagia marĩ na ngoro njega-rĩ, mekaga ũguo marĩ na wendani, makĩmenyaga atĩ njigĩĩtwo gũkũ nĩ ũndũ wa kũrũĩrĩra Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega. 171:17 Afil 2:3; Atũm 21:33Acio angĩ mahunjagia ũhoro wa Kristũ makĩenda kwĩguna, matarĩ na ngoro theru, mageciiragia atĩ meka ũguo nĩmekũnyongererithia thĩĩna rĩu ndĩ muohe. 18No rĩrĩ, ũcio ti ũndũ wa bata kũrĩ niĩ. Ũndũ ũrĩa wa bata nĩ atĩ Kristũ nĩahunjagio na njĩra o yothe, o na ĩngĩtuĩka nĩ njĩra ya ũhinga, kana nĩ njĩra ya ũhoro wa ma. Na nĩ ũndũ wa ũguo-rĩ, nĩngenaga.
Ĩĩ, o na no ngũthiĩ na mbere na gũkena, 191:19 2Akor 1:11; Filem 22nĩgũkorwo nĩnjũũĩ atĩ nĩ ũndũ wa mahooya manyu na ũteithio ũrĩa ũheanĩtwo nĩ Roho wa Jesũ Kristũ, maũndũ marĩa mangorete nĩmakagarũrũka matuĩke ma kũhonokia. 20Nĩnjĩrĩgĩrĩire ngĩhĩahĩaga na ngehoka atĩ ndigaconoka o na atĩa, no atĩ ngorwo na ũũmĩrĩru mũiganu nĩgeetha rĩu, na o ta ũrĩa ndũire, Kristũ atũũgagĩrio thĩinĩ wa mwĩrĩ wakwa, ingĩkorwo ndĩ muoyo o na kana nguĩte. 211:21 Agal 2:20Nĩgũkorwo harĩ niĩ-rĩ, gũtũũra muoyo nĩ Kristũ, nakuo gũkua-rĩ, nĩ uumithio. 22No rĩrĩ, kũngĩkorwo gũtũũra muoyo ndĩ na mwĩrĩ nĩkuo kũngĩtũma wĩra wakwa ũgĩe na maciaro-rĩ, nĩ kĩĩ ingĩgĩthuura? Niĩ ndiũũĩ! 231:23 2Tim 4:6Niĩ nĩnguucanĩirio nĩ maũndũ maya meerĩ: Ndĩriragĩria gũthiĩ ngatũũranie na Kristũ, na ũguo nĩguo wega makĩria; 24no gũtũũra muoyo ndĩ na mwĩrĩ ũyũ nĩ ũndũ wanyu nĩ kwagĩrĩire mũno makĩria. 25Na tondũ nĩmenyete ũguo kũna-rĩ, nĩnjũũĩ atĩ nĩngũtũũra muoyo, na nĩngũtũũrania na inyuĩ inyuothe nĩguo ndũme mũthiiage na mbere, na mũgĩe na gĩkeno nĩ ũndũ wa ũrĩa mwĩtĩkĩtie, 26nĩgeetha ndakorwo na inyuĩ rĩngĩ, gĩkeno kĩanyu kĩiyũrĩrĩre thĩinĩ wa Kristũ Jesũ nĩ ũndũ wakwa.
271:27 Aef 4:1; 1Akor 16:13Na rĩrĩ, ũndũ ũrĩa ũrĩ bata nĩ atĩ mũthiiage na mĩthiĩre ĩrĩa yaganĩrĩire na Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega wa Kristũ, nĩgeetha ingĩũka kũmũrora kana njage gũũka, njiguage ũhoro wanyu o na itarĩ hamwe na inyuĩ menyage atĩ nĩmũikarĩte mwĩhaandĩte wega mũrĩ na roho o ro ũmwe, mũkĩrũĩrĩra wĩtĩkio wa Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega mũrĩ na ngoro ĩmwe, 28mũtekũmakio o na atĩa nĩ arĩa mamũthũire. Naguo ũndũ ũcio ũtuĩke kĩmenyithia kũrĩ o atĩ nĩmakanangwo, no atĩ inyuĩ nĩmũkahonokio, na Ngai we mwene nĩwe ũkaamũhonokia. 291:29 Math 5:11, 12; Atũm 14:22Nĩgũkorwo ha ũhoro wa Kristũ-rĩ, nĩmwĩtĩkĩrĩtio kũmwĩtĩkia, na to kũmwĩtĩkia kuo gwiki, o na kũnyariirwo nĩ ũndũ wake, 301:30 1Athe 2:2; Ahib 10:32kuona atĩ nĩmũrarũa mbaara ĩrĩa muonete ngĩrũa, na noyo mũraigua atĩ nĩ ndĩrarũa o na rĩu.