But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father1 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.224
And I am confident3 in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker4 and fellow soldier,5 who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.626
For he longs for all of you7 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.
Therefore I am all the more eager to send him,8 so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,930
because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.10