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Philippians 3:17-4:9New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 Brothers and sisters,[a] join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. 18 For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. 19 Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship[b] is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 21 He will transform the body of our humiliation[c] that it may be conformed to the body of his glory,[d] by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[e] whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

Exhortations

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion,[f] help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice[g] in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.[h] Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved,[i] whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about[j] these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 3:17 Gk Brothers
  2. Philippians 3:20 Or commonwealth
  3. Philippians 3:21 Or our humble bodies
  4. Philippians 3:21 Or his glorious body
  5. Philippians 4:1 Gk my brothers
  6. Philippians 4:3 Or loyal Syzygus
  7. Philippians 4:4 Or Farewell
  8. Philippians 4:4 Or Farewell
  9. Philippians 4:8 Gk brothers
  10. Philippians 4:8 Gk take account of
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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