1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.12Wherefore, 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.13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.14Do all things without murmurings and disputings:15That 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;16Holding 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.17Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.18For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.19But 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.20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.21For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.23Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.24But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.27For 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.28I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
19I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. (1Co 4:17; 1Th 3:2)20For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. (1Co 16:10)21For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. (1Co 10:24; 2Ti 3:2)22But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. (1Co 4:17; 2Co 2:9; 1Ti 1:2; 2Ti 1:2; 2Ti 3:10)23I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,24and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. (Php 1:25; Phm 1:22)25I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, (Php 4:18; Phm 1:2)26for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.27Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.28I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.29So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, (Ro 16:2; 1Co 16:18; 1Th 5:12; 1Ti 5:17)30for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (Ac 20:24; 1Co 16:17; Php 4:10)