And I thought [it] necessary Epaphroditus -- my brother, and fellow-workman, and fellow-soldier, and your apostle and servant to my need -- to send unto you,
seeing he was longing after you all, and in heaviness, because ye heard that he ailed,
for he also ailed nigh to death, but God did deal kindly with him, and not with him only, but also with me, that sorrow upon sorrow I might not have.
The more eagerly, therefore, I did send him, that having seen him again ye may rejoice, and I may be the less sorrowful;
receive him, therefore, in the Lord, with all joy, and hold such in honour,
because on account of the work of the Christ he drew near to death, having hazarded the life that he might fill up your deficiency of service unto me.