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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