1So then, my dearly loved and longed for brothers and sisters, my joy and crown,4:1 Rv 12:1 in this manner stand firm4:1 Rm 14:4; 1Co 16:13; Php 1:27; 2:2 in the Lord, dear friends.
Practical Counsel
2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord.
3Yes, I also ask you, true partner,4:3 Or true Syzygus, possibly a person’s name to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the book of life.
4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
5Let your graciousness4:5 Or gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.4:5 1Co 16:22; Php 1:6; Heb 10:24–25; Jms 5:8; Rv 1:7; 3:11; 22:20
6Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7And the peace of God, which surpasses4:7 Php 2:3 all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.4:7 Rm 16:7; Eph 2:6; Php 1:1,15; 1Pt 5:14
8Finally4:8 Or In addition brothers and sisters, whatever is true,4:8 Jn 8:14 whatever is honorable,4:8 1Tm 3:8,11; Ti 2:2 whatever is just,4:8 Rm 1:17 whatever is pure,4:8 2Co 7:11; 11:2; 1Tm 5:22; Ti 2:5; Jms 3:17; 1Pt 3:2; 1Jn 3:3 whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence4:8 1Pt 2:9; 2Pt 1:3,5 and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things.
9Do what you have learned and received4:9 Jd 3 and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Appreciation of Support
10I rejoiced in the Lord greatly because once again4:10 Php 1:5 you renewed your care for me.4:10 2Co 8:1–2; 11:9 You were, in fact, concerned about me but lacked the opportunity to show it.
11I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself.
12I know how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot.4:12 1Co 15:58 In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content — whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need.
13I am able to do all things through him4:13 Other mss read Christ who strengthens me.4:13 2Co 12:9; Eph 3:16; Col 1:11; 1Tm 1:12; 2Tm 4:17
14Still, you did well by partnering with me in my hardship.
15And you Philippians4:15 Php 1:1 know that in the early days of the gospel,4:15 Ac 16:6–40; Php 1:5 when I left Macedonia,4:15 Ac 16:9 no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone.
16For even in Thessalonica4:16 Ac 17:1 you sent gifts for my need4:16 Mt 6:8 several times.
17Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit4:17 Lit fruit4:17 Mt 3:8; Rm 1:13; Gl 5:22 that is increasing to your account.
18But I have received everything in full,4:18 Php 1:5 and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied,4:18 Or Here, then, is my receipt for everything, I have an abundance, for I am fully supplied having received from Epaphroditus4:18 Php 2:25 what you provided — a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing4:18 Heb 13:21 to God.
19And my God4:19 Mt 27:46; Rm 1:8; Php 1:8 will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20Now to our God and Father4:20 Gl 1:4; 1Th 1:3; 3:11,13 be glory forever and ever.4:20 Gl 1:5; 1Tm 1:17; 2Tm 4:18; Heb 13:21 Amen.4:20 Rm 11:36; Rv 22:21
Final Greetings
21Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me send you greetings.
22All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s4:22 Mt 22:17; Lk 20:22 household.4:22 Php 1:7
23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.4:23 Other mss add Amen.4:23 Rm 1:9