Philippians 2

Be Like Christ

1Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any a  fellowship of the Spirit, if any
Lit inward parts
,
c  affection and compassion,
2 d  make my joy complete
Lit that you be
by f  being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
3Do nothing
Lit according to
from
Or contentiousness
,
i  selfishness or j  empty conceit, but with humility of mind k  regard one another as more important than yourselves;
4 l  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 m  Have this attitude
Or among
in yourselves which was also in o  Christ Jesus,
6who, although He p  existed in the q  form of God r  did not regard equality with God a thing to be
I.e. utilized or asserted
grasped,
7but
I.e. laid aside His privileges
,
u  emptied Himself, taking the form of a v  bond-servant, and w  being made in the likeness of men.
8Being found in appearance as a man x  He humbled Himself by becoming y  obedient to the point of death, even z  death
Lit of
on a cross.
9 ab  For this reason also, God ac  highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him ad  the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus ae  every knee will bow, of af  those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is ag  Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12So then, my beloved ah  just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your ai  salvation with aj  fear and trembling; 13for it is ak  God who is at work in you, both to will and to work al  for His good pleasure.

14Do all things without am  grumbling or disputing; 15so that you will
Or become
prove yourselves to be ao  blameless and innocent ap  children of God above reproach in the midst of a aq  crooked and perverse generation, among whom you
Or shine
,
as  appear as
Or luminaries, stars
lights in the world,
16holding
Or forth
fast the word of life, so that in av  the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not aw  run in vain nor ax  toil in vain.
17But even if I am being ay  poured out as a drink offering upon az  the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19But I hope
Or trusting in
in the Lord Jesus to bb  send bc  Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition.
20For I have no one else bd  of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21For they all be  seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22But you know bf  of his proven worth, that bg  he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel bh  like a child serving his father. 23 bi  Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24and bj  I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly. 25But I thought it necessary to send to you bk  Epaphroditus, my brother and bl  fellow worker and bm  fellow soldier, who is also your
Lit apostle
,
bo  messenger and bp  minister to my need;
26because he was longing
One early ms reads to see you all
for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
27For 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. 28Therefore 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 br  Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and bs  hold men like him in high regard; 30because he came close to death
Lit because of
,
bu  for the work of Christ, risking his life to bv  complete
Lit your deficiency of service
what was deficient in your service to me.
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