Paul calleth to stedfastness in Christ, and after some particular admonitions, exhorteth generally to religious joy, moderation, trust in God with prayer, and to every branch of moral goodness. He testifieth his joy in the care shewn by the Philippians for his supply in prison, though being always content he was above want; and commendeth their former liberality to him, not for his own sake, but for the good that would redound to them from it. He acknowledgeth the receipt of their late bounty, assuring them that God would both accept and reward it. He giveth glory to God, and concludeth with salutations, and a blessing.
1 THEREFORE, amy brethren bdearly beloved and longed for, cmy joy and crown, so dstand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
- a: Phi. 3:20 , Phi. 3:21 , 2Pe. 3:11 , 2Pe. 3:14
- b: Phi. 1:8 , Phi. 1:25 , Phi. 2:24 , Phi. 2:26
- c: Phi. 2:16 - 18 , 2Co. 1:14 , 2Co. 1:24 , 1Th. 2:19 , 1Th. 2:20
- d: Phi. 1:27 , 1Co. 15:1 , 1Co. 16:13 , 1Pe. 5:9 , 1Pe. 5:12 , He. 4:14 , He. 10:23 , Re. 3:11 , 1Co. 15:58 , Lu. 1:74 , Lu. 1:75 , Ps. 125:1
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, ethat they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I intreat thee also, ftrue yokefellow, ghelp those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in hthe book of life.
4 iRejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 jLet your moderation be known unto all men. kThe Lord is at hand.
6 Be lcareful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And mthe peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds nthrough Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, owhatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are p1honest, whatsoever things are qjust, whatsoever things are rpure, whatsoever things are slovely, whatsoever things are of tgood report; if there be any *virtue, and if there be any upraise, think on these things.
- o: Ep. 4:21 - 32 , Col. 3:5 - 17 , Ga. 5:22 , Ga. 5:23 , 2Pe. 1:3 - 9 , Mat. 5:14 - 16 , Phi. 2:14 - 16
- p: Ro. 12:17 , Ro. 13:12 , 2Co. 8:21
- 1: Or, venerable.
- q: De. 16:20 , Is. 26:7
- r: 1Th. 4:4 , 1Th. 4:5 , 1Th. 5:23 , Ja. 3:17 , 1Jn. 3:3
- s: 1 Corinthians 13
- t: Col. 4:5 , He. 11:2 , 1Th. 5:22
- *: virtue-goodness.
- u: Ro. 13:3
9 vThose things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and wthe God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your xcare of me 2hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but yye lacked opportunity.
11 zNot that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 aI know both how to be abased, 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.
13 I can do all things bthrough Christ cwhich strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, dthat ye did communicate with my affliction.
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that ein the beginning of the gospel, fwhen I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16 For even in gThessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17 hNot because I desire a gift: but I desire ifruit that may abound to your account.
18 But 3I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, jan odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
19 But my God shall ksupply all your need laccording to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus
20 Now munto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 nSalute every saint in Christ Jesus. oThe brethren which are with me greet you.
22 pAll the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.