But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering1 on the sacrifice2 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.318
So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy4 to you soon,5 that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
I have no one else like him,6 who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
For everyone looks out for his own interests,7 not those of Jesus Christ.
But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father8 he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.924
And I am confident10 in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker11 and fellow soldier,12 who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.1326
For he longs for all of you14 and is distressed because you heard he was ill.
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.