Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.

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      20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.

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

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      22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

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      23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.

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          24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

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          25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.

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          26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill.

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          27 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.
          28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.

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              29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,

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              30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

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