I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you.
I have no one like him, who will be genuinely anxious for your welfare.
They all look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But Timothy's worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me;
and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come also.
I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphrodi'tus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
for he has been longing for you all, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
So receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor such men,
for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete your service to me.
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