New International Reader's Version

Philippians 1

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.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul Prays and Gives Thanks

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy. I am happy because you have joined me in spreading the good news. You have done so from the first day until now. God 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.

It 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. God is my witness that I long for all of you. I love you with the love that Christ Jesus gives.

I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding. 10 Then you will be able to know what is best. Then you will be pure and without blame for the day that Christ returns. 11 You 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

12 Brothers and sisters, here is what I want you to know. What has happened to me has actually helped to spread the good news. 13 One 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. 14 And 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.

15 It’s true that some preach about Christ because they are jealous. But others preach about Christ to help me in my work. 16 The last group acts out of love. They know I have been put here to be a witness for the good news. 17 But 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. 18 But 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. 19 I 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. 20 I 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. 21 For me, life finds all its meaning in Christ. Death also has its benefits. 22 Suppose 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! 23 I can’t decide between the two. I long to leave this world and be with Christ. That is better by far. 24 But it is more important for you that I stay alive. 25 I’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. 26 I’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

27 No 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. 28 So 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. 29 Here is what he has given you to do for Christ. You must not only believe in him. You must also suffer for him. 30 You are going through the same struggle you saw me go through. As you have heard, I am still struggling.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Wafilipi 1

1Kutoka kwa Paulo na Timotheo, watumwa wa Yesu Kristo. Kwa watakatifu walioko Filipi pamoja na maaskofu na wasaidizi wote wa kanisa. Tunawatakieni neema na amani itokayo kwa Mungu Baba yetu na kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo. Shukrani Na Maombi.

Ninamshukuru Mungu wangu kila ninapowakumbuka katika sala zangu zote, nikiomba kwa furaha na shukrani kwa ajili ya ushi rikiano uliopo kati yetu katika kueneza Injili, tangu siku ya kwanza hadi leo. Nina hakika kwamba, yeye aliyeianza kazi yake njema mioyoni mwenu, ataiendeleza na kuikamilisha siku ile ataka porudi Yesu Kristo.

Ninajisikia hivi kwa sababu nawathamini sana moyoni mwangu. Kwa maana tumeshiriki pamoja neema ya Mungu wakati nikiwa kifun goni na wakati nikiitetea na kuithibitisha Injili. Mungu ni shahidi wangu kwamba natamani mno kuwa pamoja nanyi na kwamba upendo nilio nao kwenu ni upendo wa Kristo Yesu. Na sala yangu kwa ajili yenu ni kwamba upendo wenu uzidi kuongezeka siku hadi siku pamoja na maarifa na busara 10 ili mpate kutambua mambo yaliyo mema. Na pia mpate kuwa watu safi, wasio na hatia hadi siku ya Kristo. 11 Maisha yenu yawe na matunda ya haki yatokayo kwa Yesu Kristo, ili Mungu apewe utukufu na sifa. 12 Ndugu zangu, napenda mfahamu kwamba haya mambo yaliyonipata yamesaidia sana kueneza Injili ya Kristo. 13 Watu wote hapa pamoja na maaskari wa ikulu wanajua wazi kuwa mimi niko kifungoni kwa sababu ya kumtumikia Kristo. 14 Kwa sababu ya kifungo changu, ndugu wengi katika Bwana wametiwa moyo kuhubiri neno la Mungu pasipo hofu. 15 Ni kweli kwamba wapo ndugu wengine wanaom hubiri Kristo kutokana na wivu na kwa kutaka kushindana; lakini wengine wanamhubiri Kristo kwa nia njema. 16 Hawa wanahubiri kwa moyo wa upendo, wakifahamu kwamba Mungu ameniweka hapa kifungoni ili niitetee Injili. 17 Hao wengine wanamtangaza Kristo kwa tamaa ya kupata sifa wala si kwa moyo wa upendo, wakifikiri kwamba kwa kufanya hivyo wataniongezea mateso yangu kifungoni. 18 Lakini kwangu mimi hiyo si kitu. Lililo la muhimu ni kwamba kwa kila njia Kristo anahubiriwa, ikiwa kwa nia mbaya au kwa nia njema. Kwa sababu hiyo, mimi nashangilia. Pia nitaendelea kushan gilia, 19 kwa sababu najua kwamba kwa ajili ya sala zenu na kwa msaada wa Roho wa Yesu Kristo, jambo lililonipata litageuka kuwa njia ya kufunguliwa kwangu. 20 Shauku yangu na tumaini langu ni kwamba sitaaibika kwa njia yo yote, bali nitakuwa na ujasiri, ili kama ilivyo sasa, Kristo aendelee kutukuzwa kutokana na maisha yangu, kama ni kuishi au hata kama ni kufa. 21 Kwa maana kwangu mimi, kuishi ni Kristo na kufa ni faida. 22 Kama nitaendelea kuishi katika mwili, hii itaniwezesha kufanya kazi yenye matunda. Lakini sijui nichague lipi! 23 Yote mawili yananivutia: nata mani niyaache maisha haya ili nikakae pamoja na Kristo, jambo ambalo naona ni bora zaidi. 24 Lakini kwa sababu yenu naona kuwa ni muhimu zaidi nikiendelea kuishi. 25 Nina hakika kwamba, kwa sababu hii nitabaki na kuendelea kuishi pamoja nanyi nyote, ili mpate kukua na kuwa na furaha katika imani. 26 Na hivyo, kwa ajili yangu, muwe na sababu ya kuona fahari ndani ya Kristo Yesu kwa kuja kwangu kwenu.

Mapambano Kwa Ajili Ya Imani

27 Lakini hata ikitokea nini, hakikisheni kuwa mwenendo wenu unalingana na Injili ya Kristo. Ili kama nikija kuwaona au hata nisipojaliwa kufika, nipate habari kuwa mnasimama imara katika roho ya umoja, mkiwa na nia moja huku mkipambana kwa pamoja kwa ajili ya imani ya Injili, 28 bila kuwaogopa wale wanaowapinga. Hii ni ishara dhahiri ya kuangamia kwao, lakini kwenu ninyi, hii ni ishara ya wokovu wenu kutoka kwa Mungu. 29 Kwa maana mmepewa heshima kwa ajili ya Kristo, sio tu kumwamini, bali pia kuteswa kwa ajili yake. 30 Sasa mnashiriki mapambano yale yale mliyoona nikiwa nayo na ambayo mnasikia kwamba bado naendelea nayo.