Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,1 if any tenderness and compassion,22
then make my joy complete3 by being like-minded,4 having the same love, being one5 in spirit and of one mind.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.6 Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,74
not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.85
In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:96
Who, being in very naturea God,10 did not consider equality with God11 something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing12 by taking the very natureb of a servant,13 being made in human likeness.148
And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death15--
Therefore God exalted him16 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,1710
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,18 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,1911
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,20 to the glory of God the Father.
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,2113
for it is God who works in you22 to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.2314
Do everything without grumbling24 or arguing,
so that you may become blameless25 and pure, "children of God26 without fault in a warped and crooked generation."c27 Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky
as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ28 that I did not run29 or labor in vain.3017
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering31 on the sacrifice32 and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.3318
So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy34 to you soon,35 that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
I have no one else like him,36 who will show genuine concern for your welfare.
For everyone looks out for their own interests,37 not those of Jesus Christ.
But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father38 he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.3924
And I am confident40 in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker41 and fellow soldier,42 who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.4326
For he longs for all of you44 and is distressed because you heard he was ill.
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.
Therefore I am all the more eager to send him,45 so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him,4630
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.47