Philippians 2:1-11 NIV

Imitating Christ's Humility

1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit,1 if any tenderness and compassion,2

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2 then make my joy complete3 by being like-minded,4 having the same love, being one5 in spirit and purpose.

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3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,6 but in humility consider others better than yourselves.7

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4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.8

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5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:9

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6 Who, being in very naturea God,10 did not consider equality with God11 something to be grasped,

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    • a 2:6 - Or "in the form of"
      7 but made himself nothing,12 taking the very natureb of a servant,13 being made in human likeness.14

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        • b 2:7 - Or "the form"
          8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death15-- even death on a cross!

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          9 Therefore God exalted him16 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,17

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          10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,18 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,19

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          11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,20 to the glory of God the Father.

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