2:1 If then [there be] any comfort in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of [the] Spirit, if any bowels and compassions,
2:2 fulfil my joy, that ye may think the same thing, having the same love, joined in soul, thinking one thing;
2:3 [let] nothing [be] in the spirit of strife or vain glory, but, in lowliness of mind, each esteeming the other as more excellent than themselves;
2:4 regarding not each his own [qualities], but each those of others also.
2:5 For let this mind be in you which [was] also in Christ Jesus;
2:6 who, subsisting in the form of God, did not esteem it an object of rapine to be on an equality with God;
2:7 but emptied himself, taking a bondman's form, taking his place in [the] likeness of men;
2:8 and having been found in figure as a man, humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and [that the] death of [the] cross.
2:9 Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and granted him a name, that which is above every name,
2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of heavenly and earthly and infernal [beings],
2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord to God [the] Father's glory.
2:12 So that, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much rather in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
2:13 for it is God who works in you both the willing and the working according to [his] good pleasure.
2:14 Do all things without murmurings and reasonings,
2:15 that ye may be harmless and simple, irreproachable children of God in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation; among whom ye appear as lights in [the] world,
2:16 holding forth [the] word of life, so as to be a boast for me in Christ's day, that I have not run in vain nor laboured in vain.
2:17 But if also I am poured out as a libation on the sacrifice and ministration of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice in common with you all.
2:18 In like manner do *ye* also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
2:19 But I hope in [the] Lord Jesus to send Timotheus to you shortly, that *I* also may be refreshed, knowing how ye get on.
2:20 For I have no one like-minded who will care with genuine feeling how ye get on.
2:21 For all seek their own things, not the things of Jesus Christ.
2:22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child a father, he has served with me in the work of the glad tidings.
2:23 Him therefore I hope to send immediately, as soon as I shall see how it goes with me:
2:24 but I trust in [the] Lord that I myself also shall soon come;
2:25 but I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-workman and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my need,
2:26 since he had a longing desire after you all, and was distressed because ye had heard that he was sick;
2:27 for he was also sick close to death, but God had mercy on him, and not indeed on him alone, but also on me, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
2:28 I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that seeing him ye might again rejoice, and that *I* might be the less sorrowful.
2:29 Receive him therefore in [the] Lord with all joy, and hold such in honour;
2:30 because for the sake of the work he drew near even to death, venturing his life that he might fill up what lacked in your ministration toward me.