And I am confident1 in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker2 and fellow soldier,3 who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.426
For he longs for all of you5 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,6 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,730
because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.8