Think of Excellence
1Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, #Lit and longed forwhom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to #Or be of the same mindlive in harmony in the Lord. 3Indeed, true #Lit yokefellowcompanion, I ask you also, help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement as well as the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. The Lord is #Or at handnear. 6Do not #I.e., have anxietybe anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all #Lit mindcomprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is #Or lovable and graciouslovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked an opportunity to act. 11Not that I speak #Lit according tofrom need, for I have learned to be #Or self-sufficientcontent in whatever circumstances I am. 12I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13I can do all things #Lit inthrough Him who strengthens me. 14Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my difficulty.
15You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the #Lit beginning offirst preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone; 16for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek the #Lit fruitprofit which increases to your account. 18But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am #Lit made fullamply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus #Lit the things from youwhat you have sent, #Lit an odor of fragrancea fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19And my God will supply #Or every need of yoursall your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20Now to our God and Father be the glory #Lit to the ages of the agesforever and ever. Amen.
21Greet every #Or holy one; i.e., God’s peoplesaint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22All the #See note v 21saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.