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Book 57        Philippians


The Philippians were the first among the Macedonians converted to the
faith. They had a great veneration for St. Paul and supplied his wants
when he was a prisoner in Rome, sending to him by Epaphroditus, by whom
he sent this Epistle; in which he recommends charity, unity and humility
and warns them against false teachers, whom he calls dogs and enemies of
the cross of Christ. He also returns thanks for their benefactions. It
was written about twenty-nine years after our Lord's Ascension.

Philippians Chapter 1

The apostle's affection for the Philippians.

1:1. Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ: to all the saints
in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.

1:2. Grace be unto you and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord
Jesus Christ.

1:3. I give thanks to my God in every remembrance of you:

1:4. Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all with joy:

1:5. For your communication in the gospel of Christ, from the first day
unto now.

1:6. Being confident of this very thing: that he who hath begun a good
work in you will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus.

1:7. As it is meet for me to think this for you all, for that I have you
in my heart; and that, in my bands and in the defence and confirmation
of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy.

1:8. For God is my witness how I long after you all in the bowels of
Jesus Christ.

1:9. And this I pray: That your charity may more and more abound in
knowledge and in all understanding:

1:10. That you may approve the better things: that you may be sincere
and without offence unto the day of Christ:

1:11. Filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the
glory and praise of God.

1:12. Now, brethren, I desire you should know that the things which have
happened to me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel:

1:13. So that my bands are made manifest in Christ, in all the court and
in all other places.

1:14. And many of the brethren in the Lord, growing confident by my
bands, are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear.

1:15. Some indeed, even out of envy and contention: but some also for
good will preach Christ.

1:16. Some out of charity, knowing that I am set for the defence of the

1:17. And some out of contention preach Christ not sincerely: supposing
that they raise affliction to my bands.

1:18. But what then? So that by all means, whether by occasion or by
truth, Christ be preached: in this also I rejoice, yea, and will

1:19. For I know that this shall fall out to me unto salvation, through
your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

1:20. According to my expectation and hope; that in nothing I shall be
confounded: but with all confidence, as always, so now also, shall
Christ be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.

1:21. For to me, to live is Christ: and to die is gain.

1:22. And if to live in the flesh: this is to me the fruit of labour.
And what I shall choose I know not.

This is to me, etc... His meaning is, that although his dying
immediately for Christ would be his gain, by putting him presently in
possession of heaven; yet he is doubtful what he should choose, because
by staying longer in the flesh, he should be more beneficial to the
souls of his neighbours.

1:23. But I am straitened between two: having a desire to be dissolved
and to be with Christ, a thing by far the better.

1:24. But to abide still in the flesh is needful for you.

1:25. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue
with you all, for your furtherance and joy of faith:

1:26. That your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus for me, by my
coming to you again.

1:27. Only let your conversation be worthy of the gospel of Christ:
that, whether I come and see you, or, being absent, may hear of you,
that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind labouring together for
the faith of the gospel.

1:28. And in nothing be ye terrified by the adversaries: which to them
is a cause of perdition, but to you of salvation, and this from God.

1:29. For unto you it is given for Christ, not only to believe in him,
but also to suffer for him:

1:30. Having the same conflict as that which you have seen in me and now
have heard of me.

Philippians Chapter 2

He recommends them to unity and humility, and to work out their
salvation with fear and trembling.

2:1. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of
charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:

2:2. Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity,
being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.

2:3. Let nothing be done through contention: neither by vain glory.  But
in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:

2:4. Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those
that are other men's.

2:5. For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

2:6. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God:

2:7. But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in
the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man.

Emptied himself, exinanivit... made himself as of no account.

2:8. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death
of the cross.

2:9. For which cause, God also hath exalted him and hath given him a
name which is above all names:

2:10. That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:

2:11. And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is
in the glory of God the Father.

2:12. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as
in my presence only but much more now in my absence) with fear and
trembling work out your salvation.

With fear, etc... This is against the false faith, and presumptuous
security of modern sectaries.

2:13. For it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish,
according to his good will.

2:14. And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations:

2:15. That you may be blameless and sincere children of God, without
reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation: among whom
you shine as lights in the world.

2:16. Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ:
because I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain.

2:17. Yea, and if I be made a victim upon the sacrifice and service of
your faith, I rejoice and congratulate with you all.

2:18. And for the selfsame thing, do you also rejoice and congratulate
with me.

2:19. And I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy unto you shortly,
that I also may be of good comfort, when I know the things concerning

2:20. For I have no man so of the same mind, who with sincere affection
is solicitous for you.

2:21. For all seek the things that are their own not the things that are
Jesus Christ's.

2:22. Now know ye the proof of him: that as a son with the father, so
hath he served with me in the gospel.

2:23. Him therefore I hope to send unto you immediately: so soon as I
shall see how it will go with me.

2:24. And I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come to you

2:25. But I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my
brother and fellow labourer and fellow soldier, but your apostle: and he
that hath ministered to my wants.

2:26. For indeed he longed after you all: and was sad, for that you had
heard that he was sick.

2:27. For indeed he was sick, nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him.
And not only on him, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon

2:28. Therefore, I sent him the more speedily: that seeing him again,
you may rejoice, and I may be without sorrow.

2:29. Receive him therefore with all joy in the Lord: and treat with
honour such as he is.

2:30. Because for the work of Christ he came to the point of death:
delivering his life, that he might fulfil that which on your part was
wanting towards my service.

Philippians Chapter 3

He warneth them against false teachers. He counts all other things loss,
that he may gain Christ.

3:1. As to the rest, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same
things to you, to me indeed is not wearisome, but to you is necessary.

3:2. Beware of dogs: beware of evil workers: beware of the concision.

3:3. For we are the circumcision, who in spirit serve God and glory in
Christ Jesus, not having confidence in the flesh.

3:4. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other
thinketh he may have confidence in the flesh, I more:

3:5. Being circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews. According to the law, a

3:6. According to zeal, persecuting the church of God: According to the
justice that is in the law, conversing without blame.

3:7. But the things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss
for Christ.

3:8. Furthermore, I count all things to be but loss for the excellent
knowledge of Jesus Christ, my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of
all things and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ.

3:9. And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the
law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God:
justice in faith.

3:10. That I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the
fellowship of his sufferings: being made conformable to his death,

3:11. If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the

3:12. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but
I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also
apprehended by Christ Jesus.

3:13. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing
I do: Forgetting the things that are behind and stretching forth myself
to those that are before,

3:14. I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of
God in Christ Jesus.

3:15. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if
in any thing you be otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you,

3:16. Nevertheless, whereunto we are come, that we be of the same mind,
let us also continue in the same rule.

3:17. Be ye followers of me, brethren: and observe them who walk so as
you have our model.

3:18. For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you
weeping) that they are enemies of the cross of Christ:

3:19. Whose end is destruction: whose God is their belly: and whose
glory is in their shame: who mind earthly things.

3:20. But our conversation is in heaven: from whence also we look for
the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ,

3:21. Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of
his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue
all things unto himself.

Philippians Chapter 4

He exhorts them to perseverance in all good and acknowledges their
charitable contributions to him.

4:1. Therefore my dearly beloved brethren and most desired, my joy and
my crown: so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

4:2. I beg of Evodia and I beseech Syntyche to be of one mind in the

4:3. And I entreat thee also, my sincere companion, help those women who
have laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement and the rest of my
fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.

4:4. Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice.

4:5. Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.

4:6. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing, by prayer and
supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to

4:7. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your
hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

4:8. For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever
of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline: think
on these things.

For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, etc... Here the
apostle enumerates general precepts of morality, which they ought to
practise. Whatsoever things are true... in words, in promises, in lawful
oaths, etc., he commands rectitude of mind, and sincerity of heart.
Whatsoever modest... by these words he prescribes gravity in manners,
modesty in dress, and decency in conversation. Whatsoever just... That
is, in dealing with others, in buying or selling, in trade or business,
to be fair and honest. Whatsoever holy... by these words may be
understood, that those who are in a religious state professed, or in
holy orders, should lead a life of sanctity and chastity, according to
the vows they make; but these words being also applied to those in the
world, indicate the virtuous life they are bound by the divine
commandments to follow. Whatsoever lovely... that is, to practise those
good offices in society, that procure us the esteem and good will of our
neighbours. Whatsoever of good fame... That is, that by our conduct and
behaviour we should edify our neighbours, and give them good example by
our actions.  If there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline...
that those in error, by seeing the morality and good discipline of the
true religion, may be converted. And finally, the apostle commands, not
only the Philippians, but all Christians, to think on these things...
that is, to make it their study and concern that the peace of God might
be with them.

4:9. The things which you have both learned and received and heard and
seen in me, these do ye: and the God of peace shall be with you.

4:10. Now I rejoice in the Lord exceedingly that now at length your
thought for me hath flourished again, as you did also think; but you
were busied.

4:11. I speak not as it were for want. For I have learned, in whatsoever
state I am, to be content therewith.

4:12. I know both how to be brought low, and I know how to abound (every
where and in all things I am instructed): both to be full and to be
hungry: both to abound and to suffer need.

4:13. I can do all things in him who strengtheneth me.

4:14. Nevertheless, you have done well in communicating to my

4:15. And you also know, O Philippians, that in the beginning of the
gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me
as concerning giving and receiving, but you only.

4:16. For unto Thessalonica also you sent once and again for my use.

4:17. Not that I seek the gift: but I seek the fruit that may abound to
your account.

4:18. But I have all and abound: I am filled, having received from
Epaphroditus the things you sent, an odour of sweetness, an acceptable
sacrifice, pleasing to God.

4:19. And may my God supply all your want, according to his riches in
glory in Christ Jesus.

4:20. Now to God and our Father be glory, world without end.  Amen.

4:21. Salute ye every saint in Christ Jesus.

4:22. The brethren who are with me salute you. All the saints salute
you: especially they that are of Caesar's household.

4:23. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.  Amen.

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