1Therefore, my beloved and #Phil. 1:8longed-for brethren, #2 Cor. 1:14my joy and crown, so #1 Cor. 16:13; Phil. 1:27stand fast in the Lord, beloved.
Be United, Joyful, and in Prayer
2I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche #Phil. 2:2; 3:16to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who #Rom. 16:3labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in #Ex. 32:32; Luke 10:20the Book of Life.
4#Rom. 12:12Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
5Let your gentleness be known to all men. #1 Cor. 16:22; Heb. 10:25, 37; (James 5:7–9); Rev. 22:7, 20The Lord is at hand.
6#Ps. 55:22; Matt. 6:25; 1 Pet. 5:7Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with #(1 Thess. 5:17, 18)thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7and #(Is. 26:3; John 14:27); Phil. 4:9; Col. 3:15the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Meditate on These Things
8Finally, brethren, whatever things are #Eph. 4:25true, whatever things are #2 Cor. 8:21noble, whatever things are #Deut. 16:20just, #1 Thess. 5:22; James 3:17whatever things are pure, whatever things are #1 Cor. 13:4–7lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and #Rom. 15:33; Heb. 13:20the God of peace will be with you.
10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last #2 Cor. 11:9; Phil. 2:30your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, #2 Cor. 9:8; 1 Tim. 6:6, 8; Heb. 13:5to be content: 12#1 Cor. 4:11I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13I can do all things #John 15:5through Christ who strengthens me.
14Nevertheless you have done well that #Phil. 1:7you shared in my distress. 15Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, #2 Cor. 11:8, 9no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17Not that I seek the gift, but I seek #Titus 3:14the fruit that abounds to your account. 18Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from #Phil. 2:25Epaphroditus the things sent from you, #Heb. 13:16a sweet-smelling aroma, #Rom. 12:1; 2 Cor. 9:12an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19And my God #Ps. 23:1; 2 Cor. 9:8shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20#Rom. 16:27Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Greeting and Blessing
21Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren #Gal. 1:2who are with me greet you. 22All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.
23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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