Philippians 2:12-22 NIV

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,1

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13 for it is God who works in you2 to will and to act according to his good purpose.3

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14 Do everything without complaining4 or arguing,

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15 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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16 as you hold outa 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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    • c 2:16 - Or "hold on to"
      17 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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      18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

      Timothy and Epaphroditus

      19 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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          20 I have no one else like him,16 who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.

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          21 For everyone looks out for his own interests,17 not those of Jesus Christ.

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          22 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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