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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

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.