Philippians 2

For this year of Saint Paul, I’d like to memorize Philippians. I’m going to start with chapter 2 (and I use the RSV):

Philippians 2

[1]So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
[2] complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
[3] Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.
[4] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
[6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
[7] but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
[8] And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
[9] Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
[10] that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
[11] and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
[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;
[13] for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
[14]Do all things without grumbling or questioning,
[15] that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
[16] holding fast 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.
[17] Even if I am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
[18] Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
[19] I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you.
[20] I have no one like him, who will be genuinely anxious for your welfare.
[21] They all look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
[22] But Timothy’s worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.
[23] I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me;
[24] and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come also.
[25]I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphrodi’tus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need,
[26] for he has been longing for you all, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
[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.
[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.
[29] So receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor such men,
[30] for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete your service to me.

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