But I thought it necessary to send to you 1Epaphroditus, my brother and 2fellowworker and 3fellowsoldier, who is also your a4messenger and 5minister to my need;
26because he was longingbfor you all and was distressedbecause you had heard that he was sick.
For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but Godhadmercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not havesorrow upon sorrow.
28Therefore I have sent him all the moreeagerlyso that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be lessconcerned about you.
296Receive him then in the Lord with alljoy, and 7holdmenlike him in highregard;
30because he cameclose to deathc8for the work of Christ, risking his life to 9completedwhat was deficient in your service to me.