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So My Beloved, Stand Firm In This Manner

So then, my beloved and yearned-for brothers, my joy and crown, be standing-firm in this manner in the Lord, beloved.

Help My Fellow-Workers To Think The Same Thing

I exhort Euodia and I exhort Syntyche to be thinking the same[a] thing in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, genuine comrade[b], be helping these women who contended-together[c] with me in connection with the good-news, along-with both Clement and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Be Rejoicing In The Lord, Kind To All, And Praying To God

Be rejoicing in the Lord always; again I will say, be rejoicing. Let your kindness[d] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Be anxious-about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgivings, let your requests be made-known to God. And the peace of God surpassing all understanding will guard[e] your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Be Considering And Practicing All That Is True And Commendable

Finally, brothers, be considering these things— whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are commendable, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise. Be practicing these things which you indeed learned and received and heard and saw in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Thank You For The Gift Epaphroditus Brought, And Your Continuing Partnership With Me

10 Now I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you revived your thinking about me— upon which[f] indeed you were thinking, but you were lacking-opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in relation to a need, for I learned to be content in the things in which I am. 12 I indeed know-how to be humbled. I also know-how to abound. In anything and in all things, I have learned-the-secret[g]— both to be filled-to-satisfaction and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in-need. 13 I can-do all things by-means-of [h] the One strengthening me. 14 Nevertheless, you did well having co-partnered[i] in my affliction.

You Alone Have Partnered With Me From The First

15 And you also know, Philippians, that in the beginning of the good-news when I departed from Macedonia, no church partnered[j] with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone. 16 Because even in Thessalonica you sent to me both once and twice[k] for my need. 17 Not that I am seeking-for the gift, but I am seeking-for the fruit increasing to your account.

I Have Received Your Pleasing Offering To God, And I Am Abounding

18 And I am receiving everything in full, and I am abounding. I have been filled-up, having received from Epaphroditus the things from you— an aroma of fragrance, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will fill-up every need of yours in-accordance-with His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever, amen.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially the ones from Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Footnotes

  1. Philippians 4:2 That is, the same mature thinking as himself, applying to them what he has been saying; or, the same thing as each other, referring to some personal dispute, making this a kind of private digression from his public letter to the church.
  2. Philippians 4:3 Or, yoke-fellow, a man yoked together with Paul in the work of the gospel.
  3. Philippians 4:3 That is, they fought in the battle alongside Paul.
  4. Philippians 4:5 Or, gentleness, graciousness, reasonableness, fairness.
  5. Philippians 4:7 Or, keep, protect.
  6. Philippians 4:10 That is, my situation. Or, upon whom, referring to Paul.
  7. Philippians 4:12 Or, been instructed, been initiated in.
  8. Philippians 4:13 Or, in union with.
  9. Philippians 4:14 Or, shared-together, participated.
  10. Philippians 4:15 Or, shared.
  11. Philippians 4:16 That is, once and again, repeatedly.

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