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Philippians 4 (Lexham English Bible)

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Appeal for Unity

1 So then, my beloved and greatly desired brothers, my joy and crown, thus stand firm in the Lord, dear friends. 2 I appeal to Euodia and I appeal to Syntyche {to be in agreement}a in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask also you, true yokefellow, help them, who struggled along with me in the gospel with both Clement and the rest of my fellow workers whose names [are] in the book of life.

Be Anxious for Nothing

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be made known to all people. The Lord [is] near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mindsb in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever [things] are true, whatever [things are] honorable, whatever [things are] right, whatever [things are] pure, whatever [things are] pleasing, whatever [things are] commendable, if [there is] any excellence of character and if anything praiseworthy, think about these [things]. 9 And [the things] which you have learned and received and heard about and seen in me, practice these [things], and the God of peace will be with you.

Support for Paul’s Ministry

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last {you have renewed your concern for me}c, for whom also you were thinking, but you had no opportunity [to express it]. 11 Not that I speak from need, for I have learned to be content in whatever [circumstances] I am. 12 I know [how] both {to make do with little}d and I know [how] {to have an abundance}e. In everything and in all [things] I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both {to have an abundance}f and to go without. 13 I am able [to do] all [things] by the one who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless you have done well by sharingg with me in my affliction. 15 Now you also know, Philippians, that at the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone, 16 because even in Thessalonica {on more than one occasion}h you sent for my need. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek for the profit that increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything [in full] and have an abundance; {I am well supplied}i [because]j I received from Epaphroditus {what you had sent}k, a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will fulfill your every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father [be] the glory {forever and ever}l. Amen.

Final Greetings and Benediction

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, and especially those of Caesar's household. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit.
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