The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS

PAUL and Timothy, slaves of1 Christ Jesus, to all the devoted adherents of Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the superin tendents and assistants; God our Father2 and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.

I never think of you without thank-3 ing my God, and always whenever I4 pray for you all I do it with joy, over5 your co-operation in the good news from the day you first received it until now. For I am certain that he who has6 begun the good work in you will finish it for the Day of Jesus Christ. And I7 have a right to feel in this way about you all, because both when I am in prison and when I am defending and vindicating our right to preach the good news, I have you in my heart as all sharing that privilege with me. For8 God is my witness how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus himself. And it is my prayer that your9 love may grow richer and richer in knowledge and perfect insight, so that10 you may have a sense of what is vital, and may be men of transparent character and blameless life, in preparation for the Day of Christ, with your lives11 filled with the fruits which uprightness produces through Jesus Christ, to the honor and praise of God.

Now I want to assure you, brothers,12 that what has happened to me has actually resulted in furthering the preaching of the good news. Thus it is13 generally known throughout the Imperial Guard and elsewhere that it is for the sake of Christ that I am in pris on, and so most of the Christian broth-14 ers have been exceedingly encouraged by my example to declare God's message without any fear of the consequences.

Some of them, it is true, are actually15 preaching the Christ from jealousy and partisanship, but there are others who are doing it out of good-will. These lat-16 ter do it from love for me, for they know that God has put me where I am to defend our right to preach the good news. But the others are preaching the Christ 17 not sincerely but for their own ends, imagining that they are making my imprisonment harder to bear.

But what difference does it make? 18 All that matters is that, in one way or another, from false motives or honest ones, Christ is being made known; I am glad of that. Yes, and I expect to be glad, for I know that through your 19 prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, all this will turn out for my highest welfare, for I eagerly and 20 confidently hope that I shall never disgrace myself but that this time as always hitherto, living or dying, I shall do Christ credit by my unfailing courage.

For, as I see it, living means Christ21and dying something even better. But 22 if living on here means having my labor bear fruit, I cannot tell which to choose. I am undecided between the two, for I 23 long to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better, and yet your 24 needs make it very necessary for me to stay on here.I am convinced of this, 25 and so I know that I shall stay on and serve you all, to help you to develop and to be glad in your faith. So You will 26 find in me fresh cause for Christian exultation, through having me with you again.

Whatever happens, show yourselves 27 citizens worthy of the good news of the Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am kept away and only hear news of you, I may know that you are standing firm with one spirit, one purpose, fighting side by side for faith in the good news. Never for a moment 28 falter before your opponents, for your fearlessness will be a sure sign for them of their coming destruction, but to you it will be an omen, from God himself, of your deliverance. For you have been 29 granted the privilege not only of trusting in Christ but of suffering for him. Take your part in the same struggle 30 that you have seen me engage in and that you hear I am still keeping up.

So by whatever appeal there is in our 2

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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