that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you.
I have no one like him, who will be genuinely anxious for your welfare.
They all look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But Timothy's worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me;
and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come also.
I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphrodi'tus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version w/ Apocrypha)