Philippians 1 - 2 - NKJV (2024)

Greeting

1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the 1 bishops and a deacons:

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

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 b I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in c every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 d for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun e a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness f which are by Jesus Christ, g to the glory and praise of God.

The Advance of the Gospel

12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident h to the whole 2 palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 3 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; 17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.

To Live Is Christ

18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that i this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but j with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life k or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I 4 cannot tell. 23 5 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a l desire to depart and be with Christ, which is m far better. 24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 that n your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.

27 Only o let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, p with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but 6 to you of salvation, and that from God. 29 For to you r it has been granted on behalf of Christ, s not only to believe in Him, but also to t suffer for His sake, 30 u having the same conflict v which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

Christ's Example of Humility

1 Therefore if there is any 7 consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any a affection and mercy, 2 b fulfill my joy c by being like-minded, having the same love, being of d one accord, of one mind. 3 e Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but f in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 g Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of h others. 5 i Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, j being in the form of God, did not consider it 8 robbery to be equal with God, 7 k but 9 made Himself of no reputation, taking the form l of a bondservant, and m coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and n became o obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 p Therefore God also q has highly exalted Him and r given Him the name which is above every name, 10 s that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and t that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lights in the World

12 Therefore, my beloved, u as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, v work out your own salvation with w fear and trembling; 13 for x it is God who works in you both to will and to do y for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things z without 10 complaining and a disputing, 11 15 that you may become blameless and 12 harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as b lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that c I may rejoice in the day of Christ that d I have not run in vain or labored in e vain. 17 Yes, and if f I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice g and service of your faith, h I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send i Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your 13 state. 20 For I have no one j like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, k that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you l Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, n but your messenger and o the one who ministered to my need; 26 p since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, 14 not regarding his life, q to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

  1. Cross References
    1 Timothy 3:8 - 13
    Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy for money.
  2. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:4
    I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus.
  3. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:16
    Do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
    1 Thessalonians 1:2
    We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 12:13
    Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
  5. Cross References
    John 6:29
    Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.
  6. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
    Colossians 1:6
    Which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
  7. Cross References
    John 15:8
    By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
  8. Cross References
    Philippians 4:22
    All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household.
  9. Cross References
    Job 13:16
    He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
  10. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:19
    And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
    Ephesians 6:20
    For which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
  11. Cross References
    Romans 14:8
    For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.
  12. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 5:2
    For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven.
    2 Corinthians 5:8
    We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
    2 Timothy 4:6
    For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 16:11
    You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  14. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:14
    (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
  15. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:1
    I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.
    1 Thessalonians 2:12
    That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
  16. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:10
    Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
    Ephesians 4:3
    Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 5:11
    Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
    Matthew 5:12
    Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    Acts 5:41
    So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
    Romans 5:3
    And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
  18. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
  19. Cross References
    2 Timothy 3:12
    Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
  20. Cross References
    Colossians 1:29
    To this end I also labor, striving according to...
    Colossians 2:1
    For I want you to know what a great conflict I ...
    1 Thessalonians 2:2
    But even after we had suffered before and were ...
    1 Timothy 6:12
    Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eter...
    2 Timothy 4:7
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished t...
    Hebrews 10:32
    But recall the former days in which, after you ...
    Hebrews 12:1
    Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by s...
  21. Cross References
    Acts 16:19 - 40
    But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
    Philippians 1:13
    So that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ.
    1 Thessalonians 2:2
    But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
  22. Cross References
    Colossians 3:12
    Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.
  23. Cross References
    John 3:29
    He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
  24. Cross References
    Romans 12:16
    Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
  25. Cross References
    Philippians 4:2
    I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
  26. Cross References
    Galatians 5:26
    Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
    James 3:14
    But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.
  27. Cross References
    Romans 12:10
    Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
    Ephesians 5:21
    Submitting to one another in the fear of God.
  28. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 13:5
    Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.
  29. Cross References
    Romans 15:1
    We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
    Romans 15:2
    Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.
  30. Cross References
    Matthew 11:29
    Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
    Romans 15:3
    For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.
  31. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:4
    Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
  32. Cross References
    Psalms 22:6
    But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
  33. Cross References
    Isaiah 42:1
    Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
  34. Cross References
    John 1:14
    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
    Romans 8:3
    For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.
    Galatians 4:4
    But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
    Hebrews 2:17
    Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
  35. Cross References
    Psalms 40:6 - 8
    Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
    Matthew 26:39
    He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.
    John 10:18
    "No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."
    Romans 5:19
    For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
  36. Cross References
    Hebrews 5:8
    Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
  37. Cross References
    Matthew 28:18
    And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
    Hebrews 2:9
    But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
  38. Cross References
    Psalms 68:18
    You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell there.
    Psalms 110:1
    The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.
    Isaiah 52:13
    Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
    Acts 2:33
    Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
  39. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    Luke 1:32
    He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
    Ephesians 1:21
    Far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
  40. Cross References
    Isaiah 45:23
    I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take an oath.
    Romans 14:11
    For it is written: " As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.
    Revelation 5:13
    And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!
  41. Cross References
    John 13:13
    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
    Romans 10:9
    That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
    Romans 14:9
    For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
  42. Cross References
    Philippians 1:5
    For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.
    Philippians 1:6
    Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
    Philippians 4:15
    Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
  43. Cross References
    John 6:27
    "Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."
    John 6:29
    Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.
    2 Peter 1:10
    Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble.
  44. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:5
    Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ.
  45. Cross References
    Romans 12:3
    For I say, through the grace given to me, to ev...
    1 Corinthians 12:6
    And there are diversities of activities, but it...
    1 Corinthians 15:10
    But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His...
    2 Corinthians 3:5
    Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to thin...
    Hebrews 13:20
    Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lor...
    Hebrews 13:21
    Make you complete in every good work to do His ...
  46. Cross References
    Ephesians 1:5
    Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
  47. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 10:10
    Nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
    1 Peter 4:9
    Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
  48. Cross References
    Romans 14:1
    Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
  49. Cross References
    Matthew 5:15
    Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
    Matthew 5:16
    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
  50. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:14
    (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
  51. Cross References
    Galatians 2:2
    And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain.
  52. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:4
    Then I said, 'I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet surely my just reward is with the LORD, And my work with my God.'
    Galatians 4:11
    I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.
    1 Thessalonians 3:5
    For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.
  53. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 12:15
    And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
    2 Timothy 4:6
    For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
  54. Cross References
    Numbers 28:6
    It is a regular burnt offering which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a sweet aroma, an offering made by fire to the LORD.
    Numbers 28:7
    And its drink offering shall be one-fourth of a hin for each lamb; in a holy place you shall pour out the drink to the LORD as an offering.
    Romans 15:16
    That I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
  55. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:4
    Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
  56. Cross References
    Romans 16:21
    Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you.
  57. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:10
    And if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
    2 Timothy 3:10
    But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance.
  58. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:17
    For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
  59. Cross References
    Philippians 4:18
    Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
  60. Cross References
    John 13:16
    Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
    2 Corinthians 8:23
    If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker concerning you. Or if our brethren are inquired about, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
  61. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:9
    And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.
  62. Cross References
    Philippians 1:8
    For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
  63. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:17
    I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
    Philippians 4:10
    But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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