Philippians 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 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, 3 (nothing according to selfish ambition or through empty conceit, but in humility): deeming one another superior to yourselves; 4 each one, do not note the things of yourselves, but each one note also the things of others. 5 For* let this mindset be in you*, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not deem it a seizure to be equal to God, 7 but emptied himself, having taken the form of a bondservant, having become in the likeness of men; 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. 9 Hence, God also highly exalted him, and granted to him the name which is above every name; 10 in order that every knee should bow in the name of Jesus, those from the heavenly and earthly and subterranean places, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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, your* own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For* it is God who is working in you* both to will and to work, on behalf of his delight. 14 Do all things without murmurings and questionings, 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. 16 Keep 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. 17 But even if I am a drink, offering upon the sacrifice and ministry* of your, your* faith, I am rejoicing, and even rejoicing together with you* all. 18 Now you* also, rejoice and rejoice together with me in the same thing.

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* when* I know about the things concerning you*. 20 For* I have no one equal in spirit*, who will be genuinely anxious about the things concerning you*. 21 For* they are all seeking their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 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. 23 Therefore, I am indeed hoping to send this one promptly, as for whenever I look away from the things concerning me, 24 but I have confidence in the Lord that I myself will also be coming shortly.

25 But I deemed it necessary to send to you* Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your, your* ambassador* and minister* to my need; 26 since he was longing, for you* all, and was disheartened because you* had heard that he was sick. 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. 28 Therefore, I have sent him more diligently, in order that when* you* see him again, you* should rejoice and that * I may be sorrow, free. 29 Therefore accept him in the Lord with all joy, and hold those who are such as admired; 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, your* ministry* toward me.



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