Modern Literal Version
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 fulfillĎ my joy, in order that youĎ 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, doĎ not note the things of yourselves, but each one note also the things of others. 2:5 For* let this mindset be in youĎ, 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, 2:7but emptied himself, having taken the form of a bondservant, having become in the likeness of men; 2:8 and having been found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, having become 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 youĎ have always obeyed*, not only as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, workĎ out yourĎ own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13 For* it is God who is working in youĎ both to will and to work, on behalf of his delight. 2:14 DoĎ all things without murmurings and questionings, 2:15 in order that youĎ might become blameless and harmless children of God, flawless in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom youĎ appear as illuminations in the world. 2:16Keep holding onto the word of life, *for a boast 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 yourĎ faith, I am rejoicing, and even rejoicing together with youĎ all. 2:18 Now youĎ also, rejoiceĎ and rejoiceĎ together with me in the same thing.
2:19 Now I am hoping in the Lord Jesus, to send Timothy to youĎ shortly, in order that I may also be in good* spirits* when* I know about the things concerning youĎ. 2:20 For* I have no one equal in spirit*, who will be genuinely anxious about the things concerning youĎ. 2:21 For* they are all seeking their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 2:22 But youĎ 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 for whenever I 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 youĎ Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and yourĎ ambassador* and minister* to my need; 2:26 since he was longing-for youĎall, and was disheartened because youĎhad heard that he was sick. 2:27 For* indeed he was sickС 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 have sent him more diligently, in order that when* youĎ see him again, youĎ should rejoice and that* I may be sorrow-free. 2:29 Therefore acceptĎ him in the Lord with all joy, and holdĎ 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 yourĎ ministry* toward me.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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