2 If there be therefore any encouragement in Christ, If any comfort of love, If any fellowship of spirit, If any tender affections and compassions
2 Fill ye up my joy—That the same thing ye esteem, The same love possessing, Joined in soul the one thing esteeming,—
3 Nothing by way of faction, Nothing by way of vain-glory,—But in lowliness of mind accounting one another superior to yourselves,—
4 Not to your own things severally looking, But to the things of others severally:—
5 The same thing esteem in yourselves which also in Christ Jesus [ye esteem],—
6 Who in form of God subsisting Not a thing to be seized accounted the being equal with God,
7 But himself emptied Taking a servant’s form, Coming to be in men’s likeness;
8 And in fashion being found as a man Humbled himself, Becoming obedient as far as death, Yea death upon a cross.
9 Wherefore also God uplifted him far on high, And favoured him with the name which is above every name,—
10 In order that in the name of Jesus every knee might bow—Of beings in heaven and on earth and underground,—
11 And every tongue might openly confess—That Jesus Christ is Lord Unto the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved—Even as ye have always obeyed, Not [as] in my presence only But now much more in my absence With fear and trembling your own salvation be working out;
13 For it is God who energiseth within you both the desiring and the energising, in behalf of his good pleasure.
14 All things be doing apart from murmurings and disputings;
15 In order that ye may become faultless and inviolate, Children of God blameless amidst a crooked and perverted generation, Amongst whom ye appear as luminaries in the world,
16 A word of light holding forth,—As a matter of boasting unto me for the day of Christ,—That not in vain I ran, Nor in vain I toiled:—
17 Nay! if I am even to be poured out as a drink-offering upon the sacrifice and public ministry of your faith I rejoice, yea rejoice together with you all,—
18 For the same cause moreover do ye also rejoice, yea rejoice together with me.
19 I am hoping however in the Lord Jesus—Timothy shortly to send unto you, In order that I also may be of cheerful soul when I have ascertained the things that concern you.
20 For no one have I of equal soul, Who genuinely as to the things that concern you will be anxious;
21 For they all their own things do seek, Not the things of Christ Jesus;
22 But of the proof of him be taking note,—That as child with father With me hath he done service for the glad-message;
23 Him indeed therefore am I hoping to send—As soon as I can look off from the things that concern myself—forthwith.
24 I am assured however in the Lord,—That I myself shall shortly come.
25 Needful nevertheless have I accounted it—Epaphroditus My brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier But your apostle and public minister to my need To send unto you;
26 Since he hath been longing to see you all, And hath been in great distress because ye had heard he was sick;—
27 And in fact he was sick, nigh unto death; But God had mercy on him,—And not on him only But on me also, Lest sorrow upon sorrow I should have.
28 The more promptly therefore have I sent him, That seeing him again ye may rejoice And I the less sorrowful may be.
29 Be giving him welcome therefore in the Lord, with all joy; And such as he in honour be holding,—
30 Because for the sake of the work of the Lord unto death he drew nigh, Running hazard with his life That he might fill up your lack of the public service towards me.