1 Therefore if there is any 1 consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any a affection and mercy, 2 b fulfill my joy c by being like-minded, having the same love, being of d one accord, of one mind. 3 e Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but f in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 g Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of h others. 5 i Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, j being in the form of God, did not consider it 2 robbery to be equal with God, 7 k but 3 made Himself of no reputation, taking the form l of a bondservant, and m coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and n became o obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 p Therefore God also q has highly exalted Him and r given Him the name which is above every name, 10 s that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and t that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, u as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, v work out your own salvation with w fear and trembling; 13 for x it is God who works in you both to will and to do y for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things z without 4 complaining and a disputing, 5 15 that you may become blameless and 6 harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as b lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that c I may rejoice in the day of Christ that d I have not run in vain or labored in e vain. 17 Yes, and if f I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice g and service of your faith, h I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send i Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your 7 state. 20 For I have no one j like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, k that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you l Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and n but your messenger and o the one who ministered to my need; 26 p since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; 30 because for the work of Christ he came close to death, 8 not regarding his life, q to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.