2 1If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation
of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and
2make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the
same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting
other better than himself;
4not looking each of you to his own things,
but each of you also to the things of others.
5Have this mind in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
6who, existing in the form of God,
counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,
emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of
8and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming
obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.
also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every
10that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of
things in heaven and things on earth and things under
11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12So then, my beloved, even as ye
have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13for it is
God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.
14Do all things without murmurings and questionings:
15that ye may
become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst
of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the
16holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory
in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain.
17Yea, and if I am offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith,
I joy, and rejoice with you all:
18and in the same manner do ye also joy,
and rejoice with me.
19But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy
shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
20For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state.
21For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serveth a father,
so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel.
therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go
24but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come shortly.
25But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and
fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need;
26since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had
heard that he was sick:
27for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God
had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have
sorrow upon sorrow.
28I have sent him therefore the more diligently,
that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less
29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold
such in honor:
30because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death,
hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward