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,1
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for it is God who works in you2 to will and to act according to his good purpose.3
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Do everything without complaining4 or arguing,
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so that you may become blameless5 and pure, children of God6 without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,7 in which you shine like stars in the universe
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as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ8 that I did not run9 or labor for nothing.10
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But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering11 on the sacrifice12 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.13
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So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy14 to you soon,15 that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
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I have no one else like him,16 who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
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For everyone looks out for his own interests,17 not those of Jesus Christ.
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But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father18 he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
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