Philippians 2:1-18 TNIV

Imitating Christ's Humility

1 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,2

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2 then make my joy complete3 by being like-minded,4 having the same love, being one5 in spirit and of one mind.

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3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.6 Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,7

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4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.8

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5 In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had:9

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6 Who, being in very naturea God,10 did not consider equality with God11 something to be used to his own advantage;

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    • a 2:6 - Or "in the form of"
      7 rather, he made himself nothing12 by taking the very natureb of a servant,13 being made in human likeness.14

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        • b 2:7 - Or "the form"
          8 And being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death15--

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          9 Therefore God exalted him16 to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,17

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          10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,18 in heaven and on earth and under the earth,19

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          11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,20 to the glory of God the Father.

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          Do Everything Without Grumbling

          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,21

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          13 for it is God who works in you22 to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.23

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          14 Do everything without grumbling24 or arguing,

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          15 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

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          16 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.30

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          17 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.33

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