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Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[a];
    he took the humble position of a slave[b]
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[c]
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

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  1. 2:7a Greek he emptied himself.
  2. 2:7b Or the form of a slave.
  3. 2:7c Some English translations put this phrase in verse 8.