1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in the Messiah, if there is any comfort of love, if there is any fellowship in the Spirit, if there is any compassion and sympathy,
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement and comfort in Christ [as there certainly is in abundance], if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship [that we share] in the Spirit, if [there is] any [great depth of] affection and compassion,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
2 then fill me with joy by having the same attitude, sharing the same love, being united in spirit, and keeping one purpose in mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
3 Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves.
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
4 Do not be concerned about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others.
4 Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
5 Have the same attitude among yourselves that was also in the Messiah Jesus:
5 Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility],
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
6 In God's own form existed he, and shared with God equality, deemed nothing needed grasping.
6 who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it];
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
7 Instead, poured out in emptiness, a servant's form did he possess, a mortal man becoming. In human form he chose to be,
7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
8 and lived in all humility, death on a cross obeying.
8 After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
9 Now lifted up by God to heaven, a name above all others given, this matchless name possessing.
9 For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
10 And so, when Jesus' name is called, the knees of everyone should fall, wherever they're residing.
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
11 Then every tongue in one accord, will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord, while God the Father praising.
11 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
12 And so, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only when I was with you but even more now that I am absent, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
12 So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.
13 For it is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him.
15 so that you will (i)prove yourselves to be (AF)blameless and innocent, (AG)children of God above reproach in the midst of a (AH)crooked and perverse generation, among whom you (j)(AI)appear as (k)lights in the world,
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, God's children without any faults among a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world
15 so that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish in the midst of a [morally] crooked and [spiritually] perverted generation, among whom you are seen as bright lights [beacons shining out clearly] in the world [of darkness],
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I will be proud when the Messiah returns that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain.
16 holding out and offering to everyone the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to rejoice greatly because I did not run [my race] in vain nor labor without result.
17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
17 Yet even if I am being poured out like an offering as part of the sacrifice and service I offer for your faith, I rejoice, and I share my joy with all of you.
18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.
18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
18 In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.
18 In the same way, you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
18 You too, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
19 Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I can be encouraged when I learn of your condition.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may also be encouraged by learning news about you.
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
20 For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests;
20 I do not have anyone else like him who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
20 For I have no one else [like him who is] so kindred a spirit who will be genuinely concerned for your [spiritual] welfare.
21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
21 For all the others look after their own interests, not after those of Jesus the Messiah.
21 For the others [who deserted me after my arrest] all seek [to advance] their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
22 But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father.
22 But you know his proven worth how like a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.
22 But you know of Timothy’s tested worth and his proven character, that he has served with me to advance the gospel like a son serving with his father.
23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things are going to turn out for me.
24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
24 Indeed, I am confident in the Lord that I will come to visit you soon.
24 and I trust [confidently] in the Lord that soon I also will be coming to you.
25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
25 Meanwhile, I thought it best to send Epaphroditus my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need back to you.
25 However, I thought it necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, [who has been] my brother and companion and fellow soldier, who was also sent as your messenger to take care of my needs.
26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
26 since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick.
26 For he has been longing for all of you and is troubled because you heard that he was sick.
27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.
27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
27 Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one grief on top of another.
27 Indeed, he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow on top of another.
27 He certainly was sick and close to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you.
28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
28 For this reason, I am very eager to send him so that you may rejoice when you see him again and I may be less anxious.
28 Therefore, I am especially eager to send him so that you may have the joy of seeing him again, and so that I may feel relieved.
28 So I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
29 Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with all joy and hold men like him in honor,
29 So joyfully welcome him in the Lord and make sure you honor such people highly,
29 Welcome him home in the Lord with great joy, and appreciate and honor men like him;
30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
30 because he came close to death for the work of the Messiah by risking his life to complete what remained unfinished in your service to me.
30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me [which distance prevented you from rendering personally].
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