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 defence 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 labour 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.
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.
2Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale kwa inu.
Kuyamika ndi Pemphero
3Ndimayamika Mulungu wanga nthawi zonse ndikakumbukira inu. 4Mʼmapemphero anga onse opempherera inu, nthawi zonse ndimapemphera ndi chimwemwe 5chifukwa mwakhala mukundithandiza polalikira Uthenga Wabwino kuyambira tsiku loyamba mpaka tsopano. 6Sindikukayika konse kuti Iye amene anayamba ntchito yabwino mwa inu adzayipitiriza ndi kuyimaliza mpaka pa tsiku la kubweranso kwa Khristu Yesu.
7Kwa 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. 8Mulungu angandichitire umboni kuti ndimakulakalakani ndi chikondi cha Khristu Yesu.
9Ndipo pemphero langa ndi lakuti chikondi chanu chipitirire kukulirakulira pa chidziwitso ndi kuzama mʼmaganizo, 10kuti mukhoza kuzindikira chabwino koposa zonse ndi chiti kuti muthe kukhala wopanda chodetsa ndi wopanda chilema kufikira tsiku la Khristu. 11Ndipo 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
12Tsopano abale, ndikufuna mudziwe kuti chimene chandichitikira ine chathandiza kwambiri kupititsa patsogolo Uthenga Wabwino. 13Chotsatira chake nʼchakuti zadziwika bwino lomwe kwa onse amene ali ku nyumba yaufumu kuti ine ndili mʼmaunyolo chifukwa cha Khristu. 14Moti chifukwa cha maunyolo angawa, abale ambiri alimbikitsidwa kuyankhula Mawu a Mulungu molimbika ndi mopanda mantha.
15Nʼzoonadi kuti ena amalalikira Khristu chifukwa cha kaduka ndi mikangano, koma ena chifukwa cha zolinga zabwino. 16Olalikira ndi zolinga zabwinowa amachita izi mwachikondi, podziwa kuti ine ndili muno chifukwa cha kuteteza Uthenga Wabwino. 17Ena aja amalalikira Khristu modzikonda osati moona mtima namaganiza kuti kutero kubweretsa mavuto pamene ndili mʼmaunyolo. 18Nanga kodi zimenezo zili ndi ntchito? Chofunika ndi chakuti Khristu alalikidwe, kaya ndi mwachinyengo kapena moona. Ndipo ndikukondwera chifukwa cha chimenechi.
Ndithu, ndidzapitirira kukondwera, 19pakuti ndikudziwa kuti chifukwa cha mapemphero anu ndi thandizo lochokera kwa Mzimu wa Yesu Khristu, zimene zandionekera zidzathandiza kuti ndimasulidwe. 20Ndili 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. 21Pakuti kwa ine kukhala moyo ndi Khristu ndipo kufa ndi phindu. 22Ngati nditi ndipitirire kukhala ndi moyo mʼthupi ndiye kuti kwa ine ndi kugwira ntchito yopindulitsa. Kodi ndisankhe chiyani? Sindikudziwa. 23Ndathinidwa ndi zinthu ziwirizi: Ndikulakalaka kunyamuka kuti ndikakhale ndi Khristu, chimene ndi chinthu chabwino kwambiri. 24Komanso nʼkofunika kwambiri kuti ndikhalebe mʼthupi chifukwa cha inu. 25Ndili ndi chitsimikizo, ndikudziwa kuti ndidzakhala ndi moyo ndipo ndidzapitirira nanu kuti nonse mupite mʼtsogolo ndi kukhala ndi chimwemwe mu chikhulupiriro 26kuti pokhala nanunso, kudzitamandira kwanu mwa Khristu Yesu kudzasefukire chifukwa cha ine.
Moyo Woyenerana ndi Uthenga Wabwino
27Chilichonse 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 28osachita mantha ndi pangʼono pomwe ndi amene akutsutsana nanu. Ichi ndi chizindikiro kwa iwo kuti adzawonongedwa, koma inu mudzapulumutsidwa ndi Mulungu. 29Pakuti inu mwapatsidwa mwayi osati ongokhulupirira Khristu kokha, koma wakumva zowawa mʼmalo mwa Khristu. 30Inunso mukudutsa mʼzowawa zomwe zija munaona ndikudutsamo inenso ndipo pano mukumva kuti ndikukumana nazobe.