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Joy and Peace. Rejoice[a] in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!(A) Your kindness[b] should be known to all. The Lord is near.(B) Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.(C) Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.(D)

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  1. 4:4 Rejoice: see note on Phil 3:1.
  2. 4:5 Kindness: considerateness, forbearance, fairness. The Lord is near: most likely a reference to Christ’s parousia (Phil 1:6, 10; 3:20–21; 1 Cor 16:22), although some sense an echo of Ps 119:151 and the perpetual presence of the Lord.