4always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
6And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
7It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,4 both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
8For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
10so that you may approve what is excellent, and so 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.
18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,
19for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
20as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored 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 live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
23I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
24But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
25Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
26so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27Only let your manner of life be worthy8 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
28and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
29For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
30engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
2 Or bishops; Greek episkopoi
3 Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi
4 Or you all have fellowship with me in grace
5 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 14