1 IF, therefore, you have consolation in the Meshiha, and if there be comfort in love, and if communion of the Spirit, and if compassions and mercies,
2 complete my gladness by having one sentiment and one love, and one soul and one mind.
3 And do nothing in contention or vainglorying, but in meekness of mind let a man consider his neighbour as better than himself.
4 And let no one care for himself (only), but every one for his neighbour also.
5 And feel this in yourselves, which Jeshu the Meshiha (did) also:
6 who, when he was in the form of Aloha, considered this not to be robbery, (this, namely,) that he was the co-equal of Aloha:
7 yet emptied he himself, and took the form of a servant, and was made in the form of men;
8 and in fashion was found as a man, and humbled himself, and was obedient unto death, but the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore also Aloha greatly exalted him, and gave him a name that is more excellent than all names,
10 that at the name of Jeshu every knee should kneel, of those in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth;
11 and that every tongue should confess that Jeshu the Meshiha is the Lord, to the glory of Aloha his Father.
12 WHEREFORE, my beloved, as you have all time obeyed, not while I am near you only, but now that I am far from you, the more with fear and trembling work the work of your salvation;
13 for Aloha himself effectuates in you also to will, also to do, the thing which you will.
14 Do every thing without murmuring and without division;
15 that you may be perfect and without spot, as the pure children of Aloha, who dwell in a generation depraved and perverse; and be manifest among them as luminaries in the world,
16 to be unto them for a place of salvation, for my exultation in the day of the Meshiha, that I may not have run in vain, nor laboured to no purpose.
17 But, also, offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad, and rejoice with you all;
18 so also you be glad and rejoice with me.
19 But I hope in our Lord Jeshu to send Timotheos to you soon, that I also may have quietness when I learn concerning you.
20 For I have no other who is so as my (own) soul, who will diligently take care for yours.
21 For all are seeking what is theirs, and not what is of Jeshu Meshiha.
22 But the proof of this you know, that as a son with his father, so hath he wrought with me in the gospel.
23 Him, therefore, I hope to send to you speedily, when I shall have seen what with me.
24 And I confide on my Lord, that I also speedily shall come unto you.
25 But now the matter hath pressed me to send to you the brother Epaphroditos, who is a helper and labourer with me, but your messenger and minister to my necessity;
26 for he desired to see you all, and was anxious, because he knew that you had heard that he was sick.
27 Yes, he was sick, unto death; but Aloha had mercy upon him; but not upon him only, but upon me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Urgently, therefore, have I sent him to you, that when you have seen him again you may rejoice, and that I may have a little breathing.
29 Receive him, then, in the Lord with all joy; and those who are such, hold in estimation:
30 because for the work of the Meshiha he had come nigh unto death, and was disregardful of his life, that he might accomplish that which you had wanted in the service which concerned me.