But you know 1of his proven worth, that 2he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel 3like a child serving his father.
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4Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me;
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and 5I 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 6Epaphroditus, my brother and 7fellow worker and 8fellow soldier, who is also your 9messenger and 10minister 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.
11Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and 12hold men like him in high regard;
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because he came close to death 13for the work of Christ, risking his life to 14complete what was deficient in your service to me.
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