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Philippians 2 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Christian Humility

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If then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,

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fulfill my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, sharing the same feelings, focusing on one goal.

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Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.

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Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

  
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Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,

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who, existing in the form of God,

did not consider equality with God

as something to be used for His own advantage.[fn]

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Instead He emptied Himself

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taking on the likeness of men.

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in His external form,

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He humbled Himself by becoming obedient

to the point of death —

even to death on a cross.

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For this reason God highly exalted Him

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that is above every name,

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so that at the name of Jesus

every knee will bow —

of those who are in heaven and on earth

and under the earth —

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and every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,[fn]

to the glory of God the Father.

  
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So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

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For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.

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Do everything without grumbling and arguing,

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so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world.

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Hold firmly to[fn] the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.

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But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.

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In the same way you should also be glad and rejoice with me.

  
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Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I also may be encouraged when I hear news about you.

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For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests;

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all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

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But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father.

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Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.

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I am convinced in the Lord that I myself will also come quickly.

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But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus — my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need —

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since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick.

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Indeed, he was so sick that he nearly died. However, God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have one grief on top of another.

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For this reason, I am very eager to send him so that you may rejoice when you see him again and I may be less anxious.

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Therefore, welcome him in the Lord with all joy and hold men like him in honor,

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because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up what was lacking in your ministry to me.

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Or to be grasped, or to be held on to
Gk kurios = Yahweh; Is 42:8 LXX
Or Offer, or Hold out

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