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Chapter 4

1So, my dear brothers whom I so long to see, my joy and pride, stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.

2I appeal to Euodia and I appeal to Syntyche to agree together, as Christians. 3And I beg you, my true comrade, help them, for they toiled at my side in spreading the good news, with Clement and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4Goodbye, and the Lord be with you always. Again I say, goodbye. 5Let all men see your forbearing spirit. The Lord is coming soon. 6Have no anxiety about anything, but make all your wants known to God in prayer and entreaty, and with thanksgiving. 7Then, through your union with Christ Jesus, the peace of God, so far above any human thought, will guard your minds and thoughts.

8Now, brothers, let your minds dwell on what is true, what is worthy, what is right, what is pure, what is amiable, what is kindly—on everything that is excellent or praiseworthy. 9Do the things that you learned, received, and heard from me, and that you saw me do. Then God who gives peace will be with you.

10I was very glad, as a Christian, to have your interest in me revive again after so long; for you have always been interested, but you have had no opportunity to show it. 11Not that I have anything to complain of, for I have learned how to be contented with the condition I am in. 12I know how to live humbly and I know how to enjoy plenty. I have learned the secret, in any and all conditions, of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of going without. 13I can do anything through him who gives me strength. 14But it was very kind of you to share my difficulties. 15And you at Philippi know as well as I do, that in the early days of the good news, after I left Macedonia, no church but yours went into partnership and opened an account with me. 16Even when I was at Thessalonica you sent money more than once for my needs. 17Not that I want your gifts, but I want you to have the profits that will accumulate to your credit. 18You have paid me in full, and more too. I am fully supplied with what I have received from you through Epaphroditus. It is like fragrant incense, just such a sacrifice as God welcomes and approves. 19My God will gloriously supply all your needs with his wealth, through your union with Christ Jesus. 20Glory to our God and Father forever and ever. Amen.

21Remember me to all my fellow-Christians. The brothers who are with me wish to be remembered to you. 22All God’s people wish to be remembered to you, especially those who belong to the emperor’s household.

23The blessing of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirits.

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