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26for he has been longing for all of you, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.

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26. For—reason for thinking it "necessary to send" "Epaphroditus. Translate as Greek, "Inasmuch as he was longing after you all."

full of heaviness—The Greek expresses the being worn out and overpowered with heavy grief.

because that ye had heard that he had been sick—rather, "that he was sick." He felt how exceedingly saddened you would be in hearing it; and he now is hastening to relieve your minds of the anxiety.