I have thought it necessary to send to you our brother Epaphroditus, who has worked and fought by my side and who has served as your messenger in helping me.
He is anxious to see you all and is very upset because you had heard that he was sick.
Indeed he was sick and almost died. But God had pity on him, and not only on him but on me, too, and spared me an even greater sorrow.
I am all the more eager, then, to send him to you, so that you will be glad again when you see him, and my own sorrow will disappear.
Receive him, then, with joy, as a believer in the Lord. Show respect to all such people as he,
because he risked his life and nearly died for the sake of the work of Christ, in order to give me the help that you yourselves could not give.