Modern Literal Version
[Philippians 1]

     1:1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the holy-ones in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons {1Ti 3, Tit 1}: 1:2 grace to you* and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

     1:3 I am giving-thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you*, 1:4 always in my every supplication on behalf of all of you*, making* the supplication with joy, 1:5 on your* fellowship in the good-news from the first day till now. 1:6 I have confidence of this same thing, that he who began a good work in you* will be completing it till the day of Jesus Christ; 1:7 just-as it is a righteous thing for me to be mindful of this on behalf of all of you*, because I have you* in my heart, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the good-news, all of you* being fellow partners with me of the grace. 1:8 For* God is my witness, how I am longing-for all of you* in the affections of Christ Jesus. 1:9 And I am praying for this: in order that your* love* may abound still more and more in full knowledge and all comprehension; 1:10 *that* you* may approve the things which are carrying more-value; in order that you* may be sincere and guilt-free in the day of Christ; 1:11 having been filled with the fruits of righteousness, which is through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

     1:12 Now brethren, I am planning for you* to know, that the things against me have come rather *for the progress of the good-news; 1:13 so-then my bonds became apparent in Christ in the whole palace guard and to all the rest; 1:14 and that most of the brethren in the Lord, having confidence because of my bonds, even-more so to dare to speak fearlessly the word of God. 1:15 Some indeed are preaching the Christ even because of envy and strife, but some also through their delight. 1:16 Those are indeed proclaiming the Christ out of selfish ambition, not purely, assuming to bring more affliction upon my bonds. 1:17 But the latter ones do it out of love*, knowing that I am reserved *for the defense of the good-news. 1:18 For* what then? Other-than Christ is proclaimed in every manner: whether in pretext or in truth. And I am rejoicing in this, but also, I will be rejoicing again. 1:19 For* I know that this will be transpiring *for my salvation, through your* supplication and the supplying of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will be shamed in nothing, but as always, now Christ will also be magnified in my body in all boldness, whether through life or through death. 1:21 For* to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 1:22 But if to live in the flesh– this is the fruit of work to me, and what will I select for myself? I do not know. 1:23 Now I am troubled from the two ends, having the desire, *that* I should vacate and be together with Christ, which is much better even more. 1:24 But to remain in the flesh is necessary because of you*. 1:25 And having confidence of this, I know that I will remain, and I will be abiding together with you* all, *for your* progress and joy in the faith; 1:26 in order that your* boasting may abound in Christ Jesus in me, through my presence with you* again. 1:27 Only behave-as* citizens worthy of the good-news of the Christ; in order that, if I came and saw you* or am absent, I may hear about the things concerning you*, that you* are standing-firm in one spirit, with one soul contending together with us in the faith of the good-news. 1:28 And being terrified in nothing by those who lay in opposition to you*; which to them indeed is an example of destruction, but to you* is an example of salvation and this thing is from God, 1:29 because it was granted to you* on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf; 1:30 having the same struggle such-as you* saw in me, and now are hearing to be in me.

[Philippians 2]

     2:1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love*, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affections and mercies, 2:2 fulfill* my joy, in order that you* may be mindful of the same thing, having the same love*, fellowship in spirit*, being mindful of the one thing, 2:3 (nothing according to selfish ambition or through empty conceit, but in humility): deeming one another superior to yourselves; 2:4 each one, do* not note the things of yourselves, but each one note also the things of others. 2:5 For* let this mindset be in you*, which was also in Christ Jesus: 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, did not deem it a seizure to be equal to God, 2:7 but emptied himself, having taken the form of a bondservant, when he became in the likeness of men; 2:8 and having been found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, when he became obedient* as far as death, and even death from a cross. 2:9 Hence, God also highly exalted him, and granted to him the name which is above every name; 2:10 in order that every knee should bow in the name of Jesus, those from the heavenly and earthly and subterranean places, 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

     2:12 So-then my beloved, just-as you* have always obeyed*, not only as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work* out your* own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13 For* it is God who is working in you* both to will and to work, on behalf of his delight. 2:14 Do** all things without murmurings and arguments, 2:15 in order that you* might become blameless and harmless children of God, flawless in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you* appear as illuminations in the world. 2:16 Keep holding onto the word of life, *for a boasting to me in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain nor labored in vain. 2:17 But even if I am a drink-offering upon the sacrifice and ministry* of your* faith, I am rejoicing, and even rejoicing together with you* all. 2:18 Now you* also, rejoice* and rejoice* together with me in the same thing.

     2:19 Now I am hoping in the Lord Jesus, to send Timothy to you* shortly, in order that I may also be in good-spirits after I knew about the things concerning you*. 2:20 For* I have no one equal in spirit*, who will be genuinely anxious about the things concerning you*. 2:21 For* they are all seeking their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 2:22 But you* know the trial of him, that as a child serves a father, so he served* together with me *for the good-news. 2:23 Therefore, I am indeed hoping to send this one promptly, as I may look away from the things concerning me, 2:24 but I have confidence in the Lord that I myself will also be coming shortly.

     2:25 But I deemed it necessary to send to you* Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your* ambassador* and minister* to my need; 2:26 since he was longing-for you* all, and was disheartened because you* had heard that he was sick. 2:27 For* indeed he was sick– close to death. But God showed-mercy on him, now not him only, but also me, in order that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 2:28 Therefore, I sent him more diligently, in order that having seen him again, you* should rejoice and that* I may be sorrow-free. 2:29 Therefore accept* him in the Lord with all joy, and hold* those who are such as admired; 2:30 because he drew near almost as far as death, because of the work of the Christ, having disregarded his life in order that he might fill the lack in your* ministry* toward me.

[Philippians 3]

     3:1 Furthermore, my brethren, rejoice* in the Lord. Indeed, it is not tedious for me to write the same things to you*, but a secure thing for you*. 3:2 Beware* of the dogs; beware* of the evil workers; beware* of the mutilation. 3:3 For* we are the circumcision, who are giving-divine service in the spirit of God, and boast in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh; 3:4 although I myself might have confidence in the flesh; if any other is thinking to have confidence in the flesh, I yet even more. 3:5 An eighth day circumcision from the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew out of Hebrews; according to the law, a Pharisee; 3:6 according to zeal, I was persecuting the congregation* of believers; according to the righteousness in the law, I became blameless. 3:7 But what things were gains for me, I have deemed these a forfeiture because of the Christ. 3:8 But therefore, I am also deeming all things indeed to be a forfeiture because of the superiority of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, because of whom, I forfeited all things, and am deeming them to be assorted trashes, in order that I may gain Christ, 3:9 and may be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, which is from the law, but which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is from God upon the faith, 3:10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being transformed to his death; 3:11 if somehow I may achieve to the resurrection out of the dead. 3:12 Not that I have already received it or have already been completed in this, but I am pursuing it, if I might grab upon what I was also grabbed by Christ Jesus. 3:13 Brethren, I myself do not reason to have grabbed it, but one thing I indeed do, forgetting the things which are behind me and stretching forth to the things which are before me. 3:14 I am pursuing according to the goal line toward the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus. 3:15 Therefore, as many as are mature, we should be mindful of this, and if you* are mindful of anyone differently, God will also be revealing this to you*; 3:16 however in what we have attained, we are to march by the same standard*, to be mindful of the same things.

     3:17 Brethren, become* joint imitators of me, and note* those who are walking so, just-as you* have us as an example. 3:18 For* many are walking, (of whom I was speaking to you* often about them; now I am also saying again to you*, weeping), who are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 3:19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly and whose glory is in their shame, who are mindful of earthly things. 3:20 For* our citizenship exists in the heavens; from where we are also waiting for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 3:21 He will fashion the body of our humbleness, *that* it may become transformed to the body of his glory, according to the working of which he is able to even subject all things to himself.

[Philippians 4]

     4:1 So-then my brethren, beloved and longed-for, my joy and crown, so stand-firm* in the Lord, my beloved.

     4:2 I am encouraging Euodia, and I am encouraging Syntyche, both to be mindful of the same thing in the Lord. 4:3 Yes, I am also requesting you, genuine colleague, help them, the women, who contended together with me in the good-news, also with Clement, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

     4:4 Rejoice* in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice*. 4:5 Let your* gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is near. 4:6 Be* anxious in nothing, but in everything, let your* requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. 4:7 And the peace of God, which is superior to all perception, will be guarding your* hearts and your* minds in Christ Jesus.

     4:8 Furthermore brethren, as many things as are true, as many as are honorable, as many as are righteous, as many as are pure, as many as are lovely, as many as have good-repute; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, reason* on these things. 4:9 The things which you* both learned and received and heard and saw in me, practice* these things, and the God of peace will be with you*.

     4:10 But I have greatly rejoiced in the Lord, that now as previously, you* bloomed again the desire to be mindful of things on my behalf; in which, you* were even mindful of me, but you* had no opportunity. 4:11 Not that I am speaking according to my lack of things; for* I have learned in what things I am to be content. 4:12 I know how to be also humbled; I also know how to also abound. I have been initiated in everything, and in all things, both to be fully-fed and to be hungry, both to abound and to lack. 4:13 I am strong in all things in Christ, who is empowering me.

     4:14 However you* did* well, having shared together with my affliction. 4:15 Now you* also know, you* Philippians, that in the beginning of the good-news, when I went out from Macedonia, no congregation* shared with me in the word {I.e. matter. Or: speech. Or: The Word} of the giving and receiving, except you* only. 4:16 Because even in Thessalonica, you* sent once and then twice to my need. 4:17 Not that I am seeking after the present, but I am seeking after the fruit that increases to your* account. 4:18 But I fully have all things, and I am abounding. I have been filled, having accepted from Epaphroditus the things which came from you*, an aroma of a sweet-fragrance, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 4:19 Now my God will be filling every need of yours* according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 4:20 Now to our God and Father is the glory forevermore. Amen.

     4:21 Greet* every holy-one in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are together with me greet you*. 4:22 All the holy-ones greet you*, but especially those who are from the house of Caesar.

     4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is with all of you*. Amen.

     {NOTES: You should read the 'Definitions' Section and other non-bible sections.}

{{ Introduction to Colossians 62-64 AD

    The Colossians had a 'pastor' problem, a one-man self-righteous false teacher, most likely a Jewish Christian with 'persuasive speech' who wanted the congregation to follow his teachings and not the teachings of the Christ given to them by Paul. There are reasons, as shown here, why God did not establish a democracy or a dictatorship in the congregation, but multiple shepherds (overseers, elders, etc. Philippians 1:2, Tim. 3, Titus 1). An inspired description of this man, without naming him and strong rebuke in Chapter 2:8-23. In this a teaching that immersion cleaned away their sins, trespasses, and killed the Old Testament Law 'having nailed it to the cross.' He uses the same type of example here as he did in Rom 6. In Chapter 3, now that you have been raised up from the dead do away with old sinful things and replace them with holy things. Do all in the name of Jesus; (do only what is authorized). A short encouragement to the married, children, bondservants (workers), and employers. Some simple instruction to them and the plans to send others in his place to continue to help them grow.

    We can learn a valuable lesson from this letter to never exalt or follow any man, as well as how to live as a Christian. Hero worship has no place with Christians and should be condemned by all.}}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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