Unity Between Women Ministers
(1) Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and my victor’s crown (wreath), my dear friends, stand strong in the Lord!
(2) I plead with Euodia and Syntyche to agree with each other (be of the same mind) in the Lord. (3) Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women because they have labored side by side with me for the cause of the gospel (good news) of Christ, along with Clement and the rest of my ministry partners, whose names are written in the book of life!
The Peace of God
(4) Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again: Rejoice! (5) Let your gentleness be shown to everyone. The Lord is near! (6) So do not worry (be anxious) about anything, but in every situation of life, through prayer and appeals (petitions), with thanksgiving, tell God all your requests and needs. (7) And if you do, God’s peace that transcends our human understanding will protect (guard) your hearts and minds in Jesus Christ.
(8) Finally, my brothers and sisters, fill your thoughts with everything that is true, honorable, right (just), pure, lovely, admirable (commendable), excellent, and worthy of praise. (9) Put into practice everything that you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me. And if you do, the God of peace will be with you.
Contentment in Jesus Christ
(10) I overflow with joy in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Yes, you have always been concerned about me, but you have not always had an opportunity to show it. (11) I am not saying this because I need anything from you, because I have learned to be content (satisfied, fulfilled) in every situation of life. (12) I know what it is like to be in need, and I know what it is like to have many things. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation of life—whether I am well fed or hungry, whether living with much or in need—(13) because I can do all these things through Jesus Christ who gives me his strength!
The Philippian Church Supports Paul
(14) Yes, it was good of you to share in my troubles. (15) Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days when you received the gospel (see Acts 16:13-40) and when I left for the Roman province of Macedonia, you were the only church that partnered with me in giving and receiving. (16) Even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me supplies several times when I was in need. (17) I do not tell you this because I want gifts from you, but what I desire is that more be credited to your account.
(18) I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am fully supplied, now that I have received the gifts you sent with Epaphroditus. These gifts are a fragrant offering—an acceptable sacrifice—that are pleasing to God. (19) And my God will provide all your needs according to the treasures of his glory in Jesus Christ. (20) To our God and Father be majestic glory for ever and ever! Amen (let it be).
(21) Greet all of God’s people in Jesus Christ. (22) All the fellow believers who are with me in Rome send their greetings to you, especially those who belong to the household of the Roman Emperor. (23) The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit! Amen (let it be).