Greetings from Paul
1This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to all of God’s holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the church leaders[a] and deacons.
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
9 I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. 10 For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. 11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ[b]—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Paul’s Joy That Christ Is Preached
12 And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters,[c] that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including the whole palace guard,[d] knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers[e] here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message[f] without fear.
15 It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.
Paul’s Life for Christ
20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. 21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26 And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
Live as Citizens of Heaven
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
1Paulo ndi Timoteyo, atumiki a Khristu Yesu.
Kulembera anthu onse oyera mtima a ku Filipi amene ali mwa Khristu Yesu, pamodzi ndi oyangʼanira ndi atumiki awo.
2 Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale kwa inu.
Kuyamika ndi Pemphero
3 Ndimayamika Mulungu wanga nthawi zonse ndikakumbukira inu. 4 Mʼmapemphero anga onse opempherera inu, nthawi zonse ndimapemphera ndi chimwemwe 5 chifukwa mwakhala mukundithandiza polalikira Uthenga Wabwino kuyambira tsiku loyamba mpaka tsopano. 6 Sindikukayika konse kuti Iye amene anayamba ntchito yabwino mwa inu adzayipitiriza ndi kuyimaliza mpaka pa tsiku la kubweranso kwa Khristu Yesu.
7 Kwa ine ndi bwino kuti ndiziganiza zotere za nonsenu, popeza ndimakukondani, ngakhale ndikhale mʼndende, kapena pamene ndikuteteza ndi kukhazikitsa Uthenga Wabwino, inu nonse mumagawana nane chisomo cha Mulungu. 8 Mulungu angandichitire umboni kuti ndimakulakalakani ndi chikondi cha Khristu Yesu.
9 Ndipo pemphero langa ndi lakuti chikondi chanu chipitirire kukulirakulira pa chidziwitso ndi kuzama mʼmaganizo, 10 kuti mukhoza kuzindikira chabwino koposa zonse ndi chiti kuti muthe kukhala wopanda chodetsa ndi wopanda chilema kufikira tsiku la Khristu. 11 Ndipo moyo wanu udzakhala odzazidwa ndi chipatso cha chilungamo chimene chimachokera mwa Yesu Khristu. Pakuti zimenezi zidzapereka ulemerero ndi matamando kwa Mulungu.
Maunyolo a Paulo Apititsa Mʼtsogolo Uthenga Wabwino
12 Tsopano abale, ndikufuna mudziwe kuti chimene chandichitikira ine chathandiza kwambiri kupititsa patsogolo Uthenga Wabwino. 13 Chotsatira chake nʼchakuti zadziwika bwino lomwe kwa onse amene ali ku nyumba yaufumu kuti ine ndili mʼmaunyolo chifukwa cha Khristu. 14 Moti chifukwa cha maunyolo angawa, abale ambiri alimbikitsidwa kuyankhula Mawu a Mulungu molimbika ndi mopanda mantha.
15 Nʼzoonadi kuti ena amalalikira Khristu chifukwa cha kaduka ndi mikangano, koma ena chifukwa cha zolinga zabwino. 16 Olalikira ndi zolinga zabwinowa amachita izi mwachikondi, podziwa kuti ine ndili muno chifukwa cha kuteteza Uthenga Wabwino. 17 Ena aja amalalikira Khristu modzikonda osati moona mtima namaganiza kuti kutero kubweretsa mavuto pamene ndili mʼmaunyolo. 18 Nanga kodi zimenezo zili ndi ntchito? Chofunika ndi chakuti Khristu alalikidwe, kaya ndi mwachinyengo kapena moona. Ndipo ndikukondwera chifukwa cha chimenechi.
Ndithu, ndidzapitirira kukondwera, 19 pakuti ndikudziwa kuti chifukwa cha mapemphero anu ndi thandizo lochokera kwa Mzimu wa Yesu Khristu, zimene zandionekera zidzathandiza kuti ndimasulidwe. 20 Ndili ndi chiyembekezo chonse kuti sindidzachita manyazi ndi pangʼono pomwe, koma ndidzakhala ndi chilimbikitso chokwanira kuti monga mwa nthawi zonse, tsopano Khristu adzakwezedwa mʼthupi langa kaya ndi mʼmoyo kapena mu imfa. 21 Pakuti kwa ine kukhala moyo ndi Khristu ndipo kufa ndi phindu. 22 Ngati nditi ndipitirire kukhala ndi moyo mʼthupi ndiye kuti kwa ine ndi kugwira ntchito yopindulitsa. Kodi ndisankhe chiyani? Sindikudziwa. 23 Ndathinidwa ndi zinthu ziwirizi: Ndikulakalaka kunyamuka kuti ndikakhale ndi Khristu, chimene ndi chinthu chabwino kwambiri. 24 Komanso nʼkofunika kwambiri kuti ndikhalebe mʼthupi chifukwa cha inu. 25 Ndili ndi chitsimikizo, ndikudziwa kuti ndidzakhala ndi moyo ndipo ndidzapitirira nanu kuti nonse mupite mʼtsogolo ndi kukhala ndi chimwemwe mu chikhulupiriro 26 kuti pokhala nanunso, kudzitamandira kwanu mwa Khristu Yesu kudzasefukire chifukwa cha ine.
Moyo Woyenerana ndi Uthenga Wabwino
27 Chilichonse chimene chingachitike, chachikulu nʼchakuti mukhale moyo ofanana ndi Uthenga Wabwino wa Khristu. Tsono ngati ndingabwere kudzakuonani kapena kumangomva za inu ndili kutali, ndidzadziwa kuti mwayima mwamphamvu mwa Mzimu mmodzi, kulimbika pamodzi ngati munthu mmodzi chifukwa cha chikhulupiriro cha Uthenga Wabwino 28 osachita mantha ndi pangʼono pomwe ndi amene akutsutsana nanu. Ichi ndi chizindikiro kwa iwo kuti adzawonongedwa, koma inu mudzapulumutsidwa ndi Mulungu. 29 Pakuti inu mwapatsidwa mwayi osati ongokhulupirira Khristu kokha, koma wakumva zowawa mʼmalo mwa Khristu. 30 Inunso mukudutsa mʼzowawa zomwe zija munaona ndikudutsamo inenso ndipo pano mukumva kuti ndikukumana nazobe.