New International Version

Philippians 1:1-30

1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons1:1 The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Romans 16:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.:

2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel

12Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,1:12 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 14; and in 3:1, 13, 17; 4:1, 8, 21. that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard1:13 Or whole palace and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

15It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.1:19 Or vindication; or salvation 20I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Life Worthy of the Gospel

27Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit,1:27 Or in one spirit striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God. 29For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

New Amharic Standard Version

ፊልጵስዩስ 1:1-30

1የክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ አገልጋዮች የሆኑ ጳውሎስና ጢሞቴዎስ፤

ከቤተ ክርስቲያን ኤጲስ ቆጶሳትና1፥1 ወይም ተመልካች ጠባቂዎች ከዲያቆናት ጋር በፊልጵስዩስ ላሉ በክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ ቅዱሳን ለሆኑ ሁሉ፤

2ከእግዚአብሔር ከአባታችን፣ ከጌታም ከኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ጸጋና ሰላም ለእናንተ ይሁን።

ምስጋናና ጸሎት

3እናንተን ባስታወስሁ ቍጥር አምላኬን አመሰግናለሁ። 4ዘወትር ስለ ሁላችሁ ስጸልይ፣ በደስታ እጸልያለሁ፤ 5ከመጀመሪያው ቀን አንሥቶ እስካሁን ድረስ በወንጌል አገልግሎት ተካፋይ ሆናችኋልና። 6በእናንተ መልካምን ሥራ የጀመረው እርሱ እስከ ክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ ቀን ድረስ ከፍጻሜው እንደሚያደርሰው ርግጠኛ ነኝ።

7በልቤ ስላላችሁ፣ ስለ ሁላችሁ እንዲህ ማሰቤ ተገቢ ነው፤ በእስራቴም ሆነ ለወንጌል ስመክትና ሳጸናው ሁላችሁም ከእኔ ጋር የእግዚአብሔር ጸጋ ተካፋዮች ናችሁና። 8በክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ ፍቅር ሁላችሁንም ምን ያህል እንደምናፍቃችሁ እግዚአብሔር ምስክሬ ነው።

9ፍቅራችሁ በጥልቅ እውቀትና በማስተዋል ሁሉ በዝቶ እንዲትረፈረፍ እጸልያለሁ። 10ይኸውም ከሁሉ የሚሻለውን ለይታችሁ እንድታውቁ፣ እስከ ክርስቶስም ቀን ድረስ ንጹሓንና ነቀፋ የሌለባችሁ እንድትሆኑ፣ 11ለእግዚእብሔር ክብርና ምስጋና በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ በኩል በሚገኘው የጽድቅ ፍሬ እንድትሞሉ ነው።

በጳውሎስ እስራት ወንጌል መስፋፋቱ

12አሁንም ወንድሞች ሆይ፤ በእኔ ላይ የደረሰው ነገር ወንጌል በይበልጥ እንዲስፋፋ መርዳቱን ታውቁ ዘንድ እወዳለሁ። 13ከዚህ የተነሣ እስራቴ ስለ ክርስቶስ እንደሆነ፣ በቤተ መንግሥት ዘበኞችና1፥13 ወይም በቤተ መንግሥት ሁሉ በሌሎችም ሁሉ ዘንድ ታውቆአል። 14በእኔ መታሰር ምክንያት በጌታ ካሉት ወንድሞች ብዙዎቹ የእግዚአብሔርን ቃል ያለ ፍርሀት፣ በድፍረት ለመናገር ብርታት አግኝተዋል። 15አንዳንዶች ከቅናትና ከፉክክር የተነሣ፣ ሌሎች ግን ከበጎ ፈቃድ የተነሣ ክርስቶስን ይሰብካሉ። 16እነዚህ፣ እኔ ለወንጌል ለመሟገት እዚህ እንዳለሁ ስለሚያውቁ፣ በፍቅር ይህን ያደርጋሉ፤ 17እነዚያ ግን በእስራቴ ላይ ሳለሁ መከራ ሊያጸኑብኝ አስበው በቅንነት ሳይሆን ለግል ምኞታቸው ሲሉ ክርስቶስን ይሰብካሉ1፥16-17 አንዳንድ ጥንታዊ ያልሆኑ ቅጆች የቍ 16 እና 17 ቅደም ተከተል ለዋውጠውታል18ታዲያ ችግሩ ከምኑ ላይ ነው? ቁም ነገሩ በቅንነትም ይሁን በማስመሰል በማንኛውም መንገድ ክርስቶስ መሰበኩ ነው። በዚህም ደስ ይለኛል።

አዎን፤ ደስ ይለኛል፤ 19በእኔ ላይ የደረሰው ነገር፣ በጸሎታችሁ አማካይነትና ከኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ መንፈስ በተሰጠ ረድኤት ለመዳኔ1፥19 ወይም ለትድግናዬ እንደሚሆን ዐውቃለሁና። 20በምንም ዐይነት መንገድ ዐፍሬ እንዳልገኝ ጽኑ ናፍቆትና ተስፋ አለ፤ ነገር ግን እንደ ወትሮው ሁሉ ዛሬም በሕይወትም ሆነ በሞት ክርስቶስ በሥጋዬ እንዲከበር ሙሉ ድፍረት ይኖረኛል። 21ለእኔ፣ መኖር ክርስቶስ ነው፤ ሞትም ማትረፍ ነው። 22በሥጋ ከቈየሁ፣ ፍሬያማ ተግባር ይኖረኛል፤ ነገር ግን የትኛውን እንደምመርጥ አላውቅም። 23በእነዚህ በሁለቱ እጨነቃለሁ፤ ልሄድ፣ ከክርስቶስም ጋር ልሆን እናፍቃለሁ፤ ይህ እጅግ የተሻለ ነውና። 24ነገር ግን በሥጋ መኖሬ ለእናንተ ይበልጥ አስፈላጊ ነው። 25ይህን በማስተዋል፣ በእምነት እንድታድጉና ደስ እንዲላችሁ፣ በሁላችሁ ዘንድ እንደምቈይና እንደምኖር ተረድቻለሁ። 26እንደ ገና መጥቼ በእናንተ ዘንድ በምሆንበት ጊዜ በእኔ ምክንያት በክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ ያላችሁ ደስታ ይበዛላችኋል።

27ብቻ ለክርስቶስ ወንጌል እንደሚገባ ኑሩ፤ ይህ ከሆነ መጥቼ ባያችሁ ወይም በርቀት ሆኜ ስለ እናንተ ብሰማ፣ ለወንጌል እምነት እንደ አንድ ሰው ሆናችሁ በመጋደል በአንድ መንፈስ ጸንታችሁ እንደምትቆሙ ዐውቃለሁ። 28በማንኛውም መንገድ በተቃዋሚዎቻችሁ አትሸበሩ፤ ይህ እነርሱ እንደሚጠፉ፣ እናንተ ግን እንደምትድኑ ከእግዚአብሔር የተሰጠ ምልክት ነው። 29በክርስቶስ እንድታምኑ ብቻ ሳይሆን ስለ እርሱ መከራ እንድትቀበሉም ይህ ጸጋ ተሰጥቶአችኋልና፤ 30ቀድሞ እንዳያችሁት አሁንም በእኔ እንዳለ በምትሰሙት በዚያው ዐይነት ተጋድሎ እናንተም እያለፋችሁ ነውና።