1 If there bee therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of loue, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels, & mercies;
2 Fulfill ye my ioy, that yee be like minded, hauing the same loue, being of one accord, of one minde.
3 Let nothing bee done through strife, or vaine glory, but in lowlinesse of minde let each esteeme other better then themselues.
4 Looke not euery man on his owne things, but euery man also on the things of others.
5 Let this minde bee in you, which was also in Christ Iesus:
6 Who being in the forme of God, thought it not robbery to bee equall with God:
7 But made himselfe of no reputation, and tooke vpon him the forme of a seruant, and was made in the likenesse of men.
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himselfe, and became obedient vnto death, euen the death of the Crosse.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and giuen him a Name which is aboue euery name:
10 That at the Name of Iesus euery knee should bow, of things in heauen, and things in earth, and things vnder the earth:
11 And that euery tongue should confesse, that Iesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloued, as yee haue alwayes obeyed, not as in my presence onely, but now much more in my absence; worke out your owne saluation with feare, and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you, both to will, and to doe, of his good pleasure.
14 Doe all things without murmurings, and disputings:
15 That yee may bee blamelesse and harmelesse, the sonnes of God, without rebuke, in the middes of a crooked and peruerse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world:
16 Holding foorth the word of life, that I may reioyce in the day of Christ, that I haue not runne in vaine, neither laboured in vaine.
17 Yea, and if I bee offered vpon the sacrifice and seruice of your faith, I ioy, and reioyce with you all.
18 For the same cause also doe ye ioy, and reioyce with me.
19 But I trust in the Lord Iesus, to send Timotheus shortly vnto you, that I also may bee of good comfort, when I know your state.
20 For I haue no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.
21 For all seeke their owne, not the things which are Iesus Christs.
22 But ye know the proofe of him, That as a sonne with the father, hee hath serued with me, in the Gospel.
23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soone as I shall see how it wil goe with me.
24 But I trust in the Lord, that I also my selfe shall come shortly.
25 Yet I supposed it necessary, to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and companion in labour, and fellow souldiour, but your messenger, and hee that ministred to my wants.
26 For hee longed after you all, and was full of heauinesse, because that yee had heard that he had bene sicke.
27 For indeed he was sicke nigh vnto death, but God had mercy on him: and not on him onely, but on mee also, lest I should haue sorow vpon sorow.
28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that when ye see him againe, ye may reioyce, and that I may bee the lesse sorrowfull.
29 Receiue him therfore in the Lord with all gladnesse, and hold such in reputation:
30 Because for the worke of Christ he was nigh vnto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lacke of seruice toward me.