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. Chapter 4.

1 Therefore, my friends, beloved friends whom I long for, my joy, my crown, stand thus firm in the Lord, my beloved!


2 I beg Euodia, and I beg Syntyche, to agree together in the Lord's fellowship. 3 Yes, and you too, my loyal comrade, I ask you to help these women, who shared my struggles in the cause of the Gospel, with Clement and my other fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Farewell; I wish you all joy in the Lord. I will say it again: all joy be yours.

5 Let your magnanimity be manifest to all.

6 The Lord is near; have no anxiety, but in everything make your requests known to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving. 7 Then the peace of God, which is beyond our utmost understanding, will keep guard over your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus.

8 And now, my friends, all that is true, all that is noble, all that is just and pure, all that is lovable and gracious, whatever is excellent and admirable—fill all your thoughts with these things.

9 The lessons I taught you, the tradition I have passed on, all that you heard me say or saw me do, put into practice; and the God of peace will be with you.

Acknowledgment of the Philippians' Gift

10 IT IS A GREAT JOY to me, in the Lord, that after so long your care for me has now blossomed afresh. You did care about me before for that matter; it was opportunity that you lacked. 11 Not that I am alluding to want, for I have learned to find resources in myself whatever my circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be brought low, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have been very thoroughly initiated into the human lot with all its ups and downs—fullness and hunger, plenty and want. 13 I have strength for anything through him who gives me power. 14 But it was kind of you to share the burden of my troubles.

15 As you know yourselves, Philippians, in the early days of my mission, when I set out from Macedonia, you alone of all our congregations were that were my partners in payments and receipts; 16 for even at Thessalonica you contributed to my needs, not once but twice over. 17 Do not think I set my heart upon the gift; all I care for is the profit accruing to you. 18 However, here I give you my receipt for everything—for more than everything; I am paid in full, now that I have received from Epaphroditus what you sent. It is a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your wants out of the magnificence of his riches in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for endless ages!

Final Greetings

21 Give my greetings, in the fellowship of Christ Jesus, to each one of God's people. The brothers who are now with me send their greetings to you, 22 and so do all God's people here, particularly those who belong to the imperial establishment.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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