Philippians 2:1-18 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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          Shining as Stars

          12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed--not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence--continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,21

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          13 for it is God who works in you22 to will and to act according to his good purpose.23

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          14 Do everything without complaining24 or arguing,

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          15 so that you may become blameless25 and pure, children of God26 without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,27 in which you shine like stars in the universe

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          16 as you hold outc the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ28 that I did not run29 or labor for nothing.30

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            • c 2:16 - Or "hold on to"
              17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering31 on the sacrifice32 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.33

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              18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.