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Philippians 4:1-23

4  Consequently, my dear and much-missed brothers, my gladness and my garland, thus stand fast in the Lord, dear friends. 2  I appeal to Euodia and appeal to Syntyche to agree together in the Lord. 3*  Yes, and I ask you too, genuine Yokemate, lend them a helping hand, them who took part in my struggles for the gospel, with Clement too and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4  Joy to you in the Lord always; I will say it again, joy to you. 5*  Let your reasonableness be conspicuous to all men. The Lord is near. 6  Do not worry over anything, but in everything let the things you have to ask for be made known to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving. 7  And God’s peace beyond the highest reach of any mind will guard your hearts and thoughts in Christ Jesus. 8*  For the rest, brothers, as many things as are true, as are worthy, as are honest, as are pure, as are lovable, as would sound well to speak of, whatever there is of virtue and whatever there is for praise, take account of these things; 9  the same things that you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things practice; and the God of peace shall be with you. 10  But it was great pleasure to me in the Lord that after so long you came to a fresh start in your thoughtfulness for me—though for that matter you were being thoughtful but were finding no opportunity. 11*  Not that I say anything along the line of having a shortage; myself in. 12  I know both how to stand low and how to enjoy a surplus; in anything and everything I have got the secret both for having a full stomach and for going hungry, both for having a surplus and for running short. 13  I have the strength for everything in him who invigorates me. 14  You did well, though, to come into solidarity with my distress. 15  And you yourselves know, you Philippians, that at the start of the mission, when I went out of Macedonia, no church went into partnership with me on an account of giving and receiving but only you, 16*  because even in Thessalonica you sent once and a second time for my needs. 17*  Not that I am after the gift, I am after the fruit that is growing plentiful to your credit. 18  But I have received everything and have my surplus; I am filled out, having had from Epaphroditus what came from you, a genial odor, an acceptable sacrifice pleasing to God. 19  And my God will fill out every need of yours suitably to his wealth, in glory, in Christ Jesus. 20  And to our God and Father be glory forever and ever; amen. 21  Give my greetings to everyone of God’s people in Christ Jesus. All the brothers with me send you greetings. 22  All God’s people send you greetings, and especially those who belong to Caesar’s house. 23  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.


4:3 It is guessed that Yokemate (in Greek, Syzygos) was the man’s name, even though we have no other record that anybody ever bore that name
4:5 Lit. become known to all men
4:8 Lit. if any virtue and if any praise
4:11 Lit. in what I am in
4:16 Lit. sent both once and twice for
4:17 Lit. to your account