Philippians 2:8-18 NIV

8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death1-- even death on a cross!

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9 Therefore God exalted him2 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,3

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10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,4 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,5

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11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,6 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,7

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13 for it is God who works in you8 to will and to act according to his good purpose.9

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14 Do everything without complaining10 or arguing,

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15 so that you may become blameless11 and pure, children of God12 without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,13 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 Christ14 that I did not run15 or labor for nothing.16

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    • c 2:16 - Or "hold on to"
      17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering17 on the sacrifice18 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.19

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      18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.