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Philippians 1

1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy [ones] in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi with the guardians and servants, 2 grace to you and peace from God our father and [our] Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance [of you], 4 always, in my every entreaty concerning you, making entreaty with joy, 5 upon your fellowship in the good-news from the first day until now, 6 having been persuaded of this very [thing], that the [one] having begun in you [a] good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 Just as it is [a] just [thing] for me to be thinking this concerning you all, because of my having you in [my] heart, [since] both in my bonds and in [the] defense and confirmation of the good-news you are co-sharers of my grace. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for you all in the affections of Christ Jesus.

9 And this I pray, that your agape-love yet more and more increase in knowledge and in all insight, 10 that you be proving1 the [things] being superior2, in order that you be sincere and blameless in [the] day of Jesus Christ, 11 having been filled with [the] fruits of justness [which are] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 12 But I intend you to be knowing, brothers, that [the things which happened] to me have come rather to the progress of the good-news, 13 so that my bonds in Christ are become manifest among the whole imperial guard and to all the rest, 14 and more of the brothers in the Lord having been persuaded by my bonds are daring much more to be fearlessly speaking the word of God. 15 Some indeed even on account of envy and strife, but some proclaim the Christ on account of good will. 16 Some from agape-love, having known that to the defense of the good-news am I set, 17 but the others from strife proclaiming the Christ, not purely, expecting to be raising [the] affliction of my bonds. 18 What then? Except that in every place, whether in pretext or in truth, Christ is preached, and in this I rejoice, rather I will also rejoice. 19 For I know that this will turn out for me to salvation through your entreaty and [the] support of the spirit of Jesus Christ. 20 According to my eager-expectation and hope that in nothing will I be shamed, but in all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be made great in my body, whether through zoe-life3 or through death. 21 For to me to zoe-live3 [is] Christ and to die [is] gain. 22 But if zoe-living3 in the flesh, this [is] to me fruit of [my] work, and what I will choose, I do not know. 23 For I torment between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which [is] rather far greater. 24 But to be remaining in the flesh [is] more necessary on account [of you]. 25 And having been persuaded of this I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, 26 in order that your boast abound in Christ Jesus for me on account of my presence again with you. 27 Only be conducting yourselves worthy of the good-news of Christ, in order that whether coming and seeing you or being absent, I hear the [things] concerning you, that you stand in one spirit, in one psyche-life4 co-struggling for the faith of the good-news, 28 and being frightened in nothing by your enemies, which is to them evidence of [their] destruction, but [of your] salvation, and this from God. 29 For to you has been graced in behalf of Christ not only to be believing him but also to be suffering on account of him, 30 having the same fight of which sort you saw in me and you now hear [to be] in me.

1or "testing", "approving"

2or "different"

3from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

4from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.