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Philippians 1

1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons[a]:

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

Thanksgiving and Prayer

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

It 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. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

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

Paul’s Chains Advance the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,[b] that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard[c] and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And 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.

15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18 But 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, 19 for 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.[d] 20 I 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. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If 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! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Life Worthy of the Gospel

27 Whatever 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,[e] striving together as one for the faith of the gospel 28 without 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. 29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

Footnotes

  1. Philippians 1:1 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.
  2. Philippians 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.
  3. Philippians 1:13 Or whole palace
  4. Philippians 1:19 Or vindication; or salvation
  5. Philippians 1:27 Or in one spirit

Nkwa Asem

Filipifo 1

Nkyia

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.

Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.

Paulo mpaebɔ

Bere biara a mekae mo no, meda Onyankopɔn ase. Saa ara nso na da biara mede anigye bɔ mpae ma mo, efisɛ, efi da a edi kan de besi sesɛɛ no, moaboa me wɔ asɛmpaka no adwumayɛ mu. Eyi nti, migye di yiye sɛ: Onyankopɔn a ofitii ase yɛɛ saa adwuma pa yi wɔ mo mu no bɛkɔ so de akosi da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no.

Sɛnea mo ho adwene pa wɔ me tirim no nti, sɛ daa mekae mo a, na ne kwan so ara nen. Efisɛ, sɛ meda mpokyerɛ mu anaasɛ mede me ho na mereka Asɛmpa no no, mo nyinaa ne me nya Onyankopɔn adom. Onyankopɔn ankasa di me adanse sɛ m’ani agyina mo wɔ Yesu Kristo dɔ mu. Me 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 10 sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a mubehu nea eye na da a Kristo bɛba no, moayɛ kronn a obi nka asɛm bi ntia mo. 11 Nneɛma pa a Yesu Kristo no nko betumi de ama mo no bɛhyɛ mo abrabɔ ma de ahyɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam, akamfo no.

12 Anuanom, mepɛ sɛ mote ase sɛ nneɛma a aba me so nyinaa aboa ama Asɛmpa no atrɛw. 13 Ɛno 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. 14 Afiase a meda no ahyɛ anuanom bebree nkuran wɔ Awurade mu ma wotumi ka Onyankopɔn asɛm no wɔ akokoduru so a wonsuro hwee.

15 Ɛyɛ nokware sɛ wɔn mu binom nam nitan ne ntɔkwawpɛ so ka Kristo ho asɛm foforo, na afoforo nso de adwene pa na ɛka ne ho asɛm. 16 Wɔn a wɔde adwene pa ka asɛm no fi ɔdɔ mu na ɛka, efisɛ, wonim sɛ Onyankopɔn asɛm nti na meda afiase. 17 Afoforo a wɔnam nitan ne ntɔkwawpɛ so ka asɛm no nso dwen sɛ wɔnam saa kwan yi so bɛma m’ahohiahia aboro so wɔ m’afiase nna yi mu. 18 Eyi 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 m’ani gye na mɛkɔ so ama mani agye, 19 efisɛ, minim sɛ mo mpaebɔ ne adom a efi Yesu Kristo Honhom mmoa mu no nti, wobegyaa me. 20 Me pɛ ne m’anidaso titiriw ne sɛ, mmere nyinaa mede nsi ne anem bɛyɛ m’adwuma; mpo saa bere yi, sɛ mete ase o, sɛ miwu o, mede me nipadua nyinaa bɛhyɛ Kristo anuonyam. 21 Me de, m’ase a mete ne Kristo; na owu yɛ me mfaso. 22 Na sɛ m’ase a mete yi na ɛbɛma matumi matwetwe afoforo abrɛ Kristo a, ɛnne na asetena ne owu, minhu mu nea memfa. 23 Eyi adi me aniani; ɔpɛ na mepɛ sɛ mitu wiase ne Kristo kɔtena, efisɛ, ɛno mmom na eye; 24 nanso mo nti, sɛ mete ase nso a, anka eye.

25 Minim sɛ me ho hia wɔ asase yi so ha; ɛno nti, mɛtena ha kakra na maboa mo ama moanyin wɔ gyidi mu anya anigye. 26 M’asetena yi bɛma mo ani agye na sɛ mesan bɛsra mo bio a, mubenya biribi agyina so ahyɛ Kristo anuonyam sɛ ɔbɔɔ me ho ban.

27 Mprempren, ade a ɛho hia me ne sɛ, biribiara a ɛbɛto mo no, momma mo abrabɔ mfata sɛ Kristo Asɛmpa no nko sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a sɛ yehyia o, sɛ yɛanhyia o, mɛte mo ho asɛm pa sɛ mugyina pintinn na mukita botae koro ne gyidi koro wɔ Asɛmpa no ho.

28 Munnsuro 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. 29 Na mo de, ɛnyɛ sɛ wɔadom mo sɛ munni Kristo akyi nko, na mmom, sɛ mubehu amane nso. 30 Afei mubetumi ne me abom ako ɔko a mereko no. Saa ɔko yi na bere a atwam no, mekoe no, na migu so reko sɛnea mote no no.