But I hope in the Lord Jesus to 1send 2Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition .
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For I have no one else 3of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.
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For they all 4seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
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But you know 5of his proven worth, that 6he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel 7like a child serving his father.
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8Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me;
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and 9I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.
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But I thought it necessary to send to you 10Epaphroditus, my brother and 11fellow worker and 12fellow soldier, who is also your 13messenger and 14minister to my need;
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because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
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For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow.
Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you.
15Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and 16hold men like him in high regard;
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because he came close to death 17for the work of Christ, risking his life to 18complete what was deficient in your service to me.
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