1 So by all the stimulus of Christ, by every incentive of love, by all your participation in the Spirit, by all your affectionate tenderness,
2 I pray you to give me the utter joy of knowing you are living in harmony, with the same feelings of love, with one heart and soul,
3 never acting for private ends or from vanity, but humbly considering each other the better man,
8 and appearing in human form, he humbly stooped in his obedience even to die, and to die upon the cross.
10 so that before the Name of Jesus every knee should bend in heaven, on earth, and underneath the earth,
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have been obedient always and not simply when I was present, so, now that I am absent, work all the more strenuously at your salvation with reverence and trembling,
15 so as to be blameless and innocent, faultless children of God in a crooked and perverse generation where you shine like stars in a dark world;
16 hold fast the word of life, so that I can be proud of you on the Day of Christ, because I have not run or worked for nothing.
17 Even if my life-blood has to be poured as a libation on the sacred sacrifice of faith you are offering to God, I rejoice, I congratulate you all ??18 and you in turn must rejoice and congratulate me.
18 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send you Timotheus before long, that I may be heartened by news of you.
21 But you know how he has stood the test, how he has served with me in the gospel, like a son helping his father.
22 I hope to send him then, as soon as ever I see how it will go with me ??24 though I am confident in the Lord that I shall be coming myself before long.
23 As for Epaphroditus, however, my brother, my fellow-worker, my fellow-soldier, and your messenger to meet my wants, I think it necessary to send you him at once,
24 for he has been yearning for you all. He has been greatly concerned because you heard he was ill.
25 And he was ill, nearly dead with illness. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me, to save me from having one sorrow upon another.
26 So I am specially eager to send him, that you may be glad when you see him again, and thus my own anxiety may be lightened.