I hope in the Lord Jesus 1to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.
For I have no one 2like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
For they all 3seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But you know Timothy's4proven worth, how 5as a son with a father 6he 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 7I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
I have thought it necessary to send to you 8Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and 9fellow soldier, and your messenger and 10minister to my need,
for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
So 11receive him in the Lord with all joy, and 12honor such men,
for he nearly died 13for the work of Christ, risking his life 14to complete what was lacking in your service to me.