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If therefore [there be] any comfort in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of [the] Spirit, if any bowels and compassions,
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fulfil my joy, that ye may mind the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul, minding the one thing:
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nothing in strifefulness, or vainglory, but in lowly-mindedness esteeming one another more excellent than themselves:
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regarding each not his own things, but each also those of others.
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For let this mind be in you which [was] also in Christ Jesus;
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who, being in God’s form, thought it not an object of rapine to be on an equality with God;
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but emptied himself, taking a bondman’s form, being come in men’s likeness;
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and being found in figure as a man, humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
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Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave him the name that [is] above every name,
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that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly and earthly and infernal [beings],
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and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, unto God [the] Father’s glory.
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So that, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, with fear and trembling work out your own salvation;
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for it is God that worketh in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
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Do all things without murmurings and reasonings;
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that ye may be blameless and sincere, irreproachable children of God amidst a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye shine as lights in [the] world,
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holding forth [the] word of life, for a boast to me in Christ’s day, that not in vain I ran nor in vain labored.
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But if also I am poured out upon the sacrifice and ministration of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all;
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and in the same thing do ye rejoice, and rejoice with me.
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But I hope in [the] Lord Jesus soon to send Timothy to you, that I also may be cheered knowing about you.
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For I have none like-minded who will have a genuine care about you;
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for they all seek their own things, not those of Jesus Christ.
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But the proof of him ye know, that, as a child a father, with me he served in the gospel.
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Him therefore I hope to send as soon as I shall see my concerns.
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But I trust in [the] Lord that I also myself shall come soon.
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But I thought it necessary to send unto you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-laborer and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my wants;
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since he was longing after you all and uneasy because ye heard that he was sick.
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For indeed he was sick near to death; but God pitied him, and not him only, but me also, that I should not have sorrow upon sorrow.
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The more diligently therefore I sent him, that seeing him again ye may rejoice and I be the less sorrowful.
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Receive him therefore in [the] Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor;
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because for the work of Christ he was nigh even to death, endangering his life that he might fill up the remainder of your ministrations toward me.