1 If therefore any exhortation is in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions, 2 make full my joy, that ye think the same, having the same love, being of one soul, of :one mind; 3 doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in :lowliness of mind counting one another better than themselves; 4 not looking each severally to his :own things, but each severally also to those of others. 5 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, existing in God’s form, counted not the being on an equality with God aught to be grasped at, 7 but emptied himself, taking a bondman’s form, being made in likeness of men; 8 and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, yea, death of the cross. 9 Wherefore also :God highly exalted him, and endowed him with the name :above every name; 10 that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to God the Father’s glory.
12 So that, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my :presence only, but now much rather in my :absence, work out your own :salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who worketh in you both :to will and :to work, for his good :pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmurings and questionings; 15 that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as luminaries in the world, 16 holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in Christ’s day, that I did not run in vain neither toil in vain. 17 Yea, and if I am †offered upon the sacrifice and service of your :faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all: 18 and in the same manner rejoice ye and rejoice with me.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send you Timothy shortly, that I also be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will genuinely care for your state. 21 For they all seek their :own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child to a father he served with me in the gospel. 23 HIM therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me: 24 but I trust in the Lord that myself also shall come shortly. 25 But I counted it necessary to send unto you Epaphroditus, the brother and :fellow-worker and my fellow-soldier, and your †messenger and minister to my :need; 26 since he was longing to see you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick: 27 for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but :God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, seeing him again, ye may rejoice, and I be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold the such in honor: 30 because for the work of the Lord he came nigh unto death, hazarding his :life to supply your :lack in the service toward me.