Philippians 2:7-17 NIV

7 but made himself nothing,1 taking the very naturea of a servant,2 being made in human likeness.3

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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 death4-- even death on a cross!

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      9 Therefore God exalted him5 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,6

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      10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,7 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,8

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      11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,9 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,10

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      13 for it is God who works in you11 to will and to act according to his good purpose.12

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      14 Do everything without complaining13 or arguing,

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      15 so that you may become blameless14 and pure, children of God15 without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,16 in which you shine like stars in the universe

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      16 as you hold outb the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ17 that I did not run18 or labor for nothing.19

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        • c 2:16 - Or "hold on to"
          17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering20 on the sacrifice21 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.22

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