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Philippians 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Christ’s Example of Humility

Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:1 - So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:2 - complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:3 - Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:4 - Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:5 - Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:6 - who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:7 - but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[fn] being born in the likeness of men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:8 - And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:9 - Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:10 - so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:11 - and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Lights in the World

Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:12 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:13 - for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:14 - Do all things without grumbling or disputing,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:15 - that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:16 - holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:17 - Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:18 - Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:19 - I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:20 - For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:21 - For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:22 - But you know Timothy’s[fn] proven worth, how as a son[fn] with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:23 - I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:24 - and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:25 - I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:26 - for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:27 - Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:28 - I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:29 - So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:30 - for he nearly died[fn] for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
ESV Footnotes
Or which was also in Christ Jesus
Or a thing to be held on to for advantage
Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
Greek his
Greek child
Or he drew near to the point of death; compare verse 8

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