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Philippians 4:2-23 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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2 I urge Euodia and Syntyche to iron out their differences and make up. God doesn't want his children holding grudges. 2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord.
3 And, oh, yes, Syzygus, since you're right there to help them work things out, do your best with them. These women worked for the Message hand in hand with Clement and me, and with the other veterans - worked as hard as any of us. Remember, their names are also in the book of life. 3 Yes, and I ask you, loyal yokefellow, help these women who have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5 Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you're on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
9 Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
10 I'm glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess - happy that you're again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. 10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.
11 Actually, I don't have a sense of needing anything personally. I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
12 I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
13 Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
14 I don't mean that your help didn't mean a lot to me - it did. It was a beautiful thing that you came alongside me in my troubles. 14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.
15 You Philippians well know, and you can be sure I'll never forget it, that when I first left Macedonia province, venturing out with the Message, not one church helped out in the give-and-take of this work except you. You were the only one. 15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;
16 Even while I was in Thessalonica, you helped out - and not only once, but twice. 16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need.
17 Not that I'm looking for handouts, but I do want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity. 17 Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.
18 And now I have it all - and keep getting more! The gifts you sent with Epaphroditus were more than enough, like a sweet-smelling sacrifice roasting on the altar, filling the air with fragrance, pleasing God no end. 18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
19 You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
20 Our God and Father abounds in glory that just pours out into eternity. Yes. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Give our regards to every Christian you meet. Our friends here say hello. 21 Greet all the saints in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send greetings.
22 All the Christians here, especially the believers who work in the palace of Caesar, want to be remembered to you. 22 All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar's household.
23 Receive and experience the amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, deep, deep within yourselves. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.