1So stand firm in the Lord, my dear friends who mean so much to me, who make me so happy! To me you are my crowning achievement! I truly love you and long to see you! 2Euodia and Syntyche—I urge you to resolve your differences with each other and agree in the Lord. 3In fact, my faithful fellow-worker,#4:3. An unknown Christian worker presumably located in Philippi. let me ask you to help these women, for they worked together with me to spread the good news—as well as Clement and my other co-workers, whose names are recorded in the book of life.
4Always be happy in the Lord—I repeat, Be happy! 5Everyone should know about your kindness. The Lord will soon be here. 6Don't worry about anything, but take everything to God in prayer, explaining your requests to him and thanking him for all he does. 7Then the peace that comes from God, which is better than we can ever imagine, will keep your hearts and minds protected in Christ Jesus.
8Lastly, whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, beautiful, commendable, whatever is truly good and deserves to be praised, think about these kinds of things. 9Put into practice what you learned and received from me, what you saw me doing and heard me say. Then the God of peace will be with you.
10I'm so happy in the Lord that you've at last thought about me again—realizing that you were concerned about me before but you couldn't do anything about it. 11I'm not talking about my own needs, because I've already learned to be satisfied in whatever situation I find myself. 12I'm used to having nothing, and I've experienced having plenty too. In every possible situation I've learned the secret of dealing with having plenty and going hungry, of being rich and of living in poverty: 13I can do anything through him who makes me strong!
14Even so it was good of you to share with me during my troubles. 15You Philippians remember that right at the beginning of sharing the good news, when I left Macedonia, that yours was the only church that helped me financially. 16Even when I was in Thessalonica you helped me out not once but twice. 17Not that I'm looking for a donation—I'm looking for your “account” to increase in “profit.”#4:17. Paul is using business terms, but probably referring figuratively to their spiritual “account.” 18For I have everything, more than I need! I'm thankful to receive from Epaphroditus the things you sent. They're like a sweet-smelling sacrifice that pleases God and that he approves of. 19My God will fill you with everything you need in accordance with his glorious wealth in Christ Jesus! 20Glory be to God the Father, forever and ever. Amen. 21Greet every fellow-believer in Christ Jesus. The Christian brothers and sisters with me send their greetings. 22All the believers send you greetings, especially those from Caesar's palace. 23May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.