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Philippians 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Have the Attitude of Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:1 - Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:2 - Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:3 - Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:4 - Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:5 - You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:6 - Though he was God,[fn]
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:7 - Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[fn];
he took the humble position of a slave[fn]
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:8 - he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:9 - Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:10 - 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.
Shine Brightly for Christ
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:12 - Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:13 - For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:14 - Do everything without complaining and arguing,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:15 - so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:16 - Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:17 - But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God,[fn] just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:18 - Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.
Paul Commends Timothy
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:19 - If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:20 - I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:21 - All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:22 - But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:23 - I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:24 - And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.
Paul Commends Epaphroditus
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:25 - Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:26 - I am sending him because he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:27 - And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:28 - So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:29 - Welcome him with Christian love[fn] and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 2:30 - For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.
NLT Footnotes
Or Being in the form of God.
Greek he emptied himself.
Or the form of a slave.
Some English translations put this phrase in verse 8.
Greek I will rejoice even if I am to be poured out as a liquid offering.
Greek in the Lord.

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