Modern Literal Version
2:1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love*, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affections and mercies, 2:2 fulfill* my joy, in order that you* may be mindful of the same thing, having the same love*, fellowship in spirit*, being mindful of the one thing, 2:3 (nothing according to selfish ambition or through empty conceit, but in humility): deeming one another superior to yourselves; 2:4 each one, do* not note the things of yourselves, but each one note also the things of others. 2:5 For* let this mindset be in you*, which was also in Christ Jesus: 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, did not deem it a seizure to be equal to God, 2:7but emptied himself, having taken the form of a bondservant, when he became in the likeness of men; 2:8 and having been found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, when he became obedient* as far as death, and even death from a cross. 2:9 Hence, God also highly exalted him, and granted to him the name which is above every name; 2:10 in order that every knee should bow in the name of Jesus, those from the heavenly and earthly and subterranean places, 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2:12 So-then my beloved, just-as you*have always obeyed*, not only as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work* out your* own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13 For* it is God who is working in you* both to will and to work, on behalf of his delight. 2:14 Do** all things without murmurings and arguments, 2:15 in order that you* might become blameless and harmless children of God, flawless in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you* appear as illuminations in the world. 2:16Keep holding onto the word of life, *for a boasting to me in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain nor labored in vain. 2:17 But even if I am a drink-offering upon the sacrifice and ministry* of your* faith, I am rejoicing, and evenrejoicing together with you* all. 2:18 Now you* also, rejoice* and rejoice* together with me in the same thing.
2:19 Now I am hoping in the Lord Jesus, to send Timothy to you* shortly, in order that I may also be in good-spirits after I knew about the things concerning you*. 2:20 For* I have no one equal in spirit*, who will be genuinely anxious about the things concerning you*. 2:21 For* they are all seeking their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 2:22 But you* know the trial of him, that as a child serves a father, so he served* together with me *for the good-news. 2:23 Therefore, I am indeed hoping to send this one promptly, as I may look away from the things concerning me, 2:24but I have confidence in the Lord that I myself will also be coming shortly.
2:25 But I deemed it necessary to send to you* Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your* ambassador* and minister* to my need; 2:26 since he was longing-for you*all, and was disheartened because you*had heard that he was sick. 2:27 For* indeed he was sickС close to death. But God showed-mercy on him, now not him only, but also me, in order that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 2:28 Therefore, I sent him more diligently, in order that having seen him again, you* should rejoice and that*I may be sorrow-free. 2:29 Therefore accept*him in the Lord with all joy, and hold* those who are such as admired; 2:30 because he drew nearalmost as far as death, because of the work of the Christ, having disregarded his life in order that he might fill the lack in your* ministry* toward me.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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