For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face,
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.
experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
saying, “ Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God.
And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.
“And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.
grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.
For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house.
but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition.
In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
So Rachel said, “With mighty wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed.” And she named him Naphtali.