17 Yes, and if (A)I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice (B)and service of your faith, (C)I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 For the same reason you also be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy Commended

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send (D)Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your [a]state. 20 For I have no one (E)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, (F)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.

Epaphroditus Praised

25 Yet I considered it necessary to send to you (G)Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and (H)fellow soldier, (I)but your messenger and (J)the one who ministered to my need; 26 (K)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, [b]not regarding his life, (L)to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 2:19 condition
  2. Philippians 2:30 risking