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Philippians 2:19-30 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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19 I plan (according to Jesus' plan) to send Timothy to you very soon so he can bring back all the news of you he can gather. Oh, how that will do my heart good! 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
20 I have no one quite like Timothy. He is loyal, and genuinely concerned for you. 20 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
21 Most people around here are looking out for themselves, with little concern for the things of Jesus. 21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But you know yourselves that Timothy's the real thing. He's been a devoted son to me as together we've delivered the Message. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
23 As soon as I see how things are going to fall out for me here, I plan to send him off. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
24 And then I'm hoping and praying to be right on his heels. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
25 But for right now, I'm dispatching Epaphroditus, my good friend and companion in my work. You sent him to help me out; now I'm sending him to help you out. 25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
26 He has been wanting in the worst way to get back with you. Especially since recovering from the illness you heard about, he's been wanting to get back and reassure you that he is just fine. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill.
27 He nearly died, as you know, but God had mercy on him. And not only on him - he had mercy on me, too. His death would have been one huge grief piled on top of all the others. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.
28 So you can see why I'm so delighted to send him on to you. When you see him again, hale and hearty, how you'll rejoice and how relieved I'll be. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
29 Give him a grand welcome, a joyful embrace! People like him deserve the best you can give. 29 Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,
30 Remember the ministry to me that you started but weren't able to complete? Well, in the process of finishing up that work, he put his life on the line and nearly died doing it. 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.