Philippians 4

Straining Toward the Goal

1 Therefore, my beloved and a longed-for brethren, b my joy and crown, so c stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche d to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 1 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who e labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in f the Book of Life.

4 g Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your 2 gentleness be known to all men. h The Lord is at hand. 6 i Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with j thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and k the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are l true, whatever things are m noble, whatever things are n just, o whatever things are pure, whatever things are p lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and q the God of peace will be with you.

God's Provision

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last r your 3 care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, s to be content: 12 t I know how to 4 be abased, and I know how to 5 abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things u through 6 Christ who strengthens me.

14 Nevertheless you have done well that v you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, w no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek x the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I 7 have all and abound. I am full, having received from y Epaphroditus the things sent from you, z a sweet-smelling aroma, a an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God b shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 c Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren d who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 8 you all. Amen.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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