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Philippians 4 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity

1. So, my dearly loved brothers [and sisters, See next two verses], those whom I long to see, [who are] my [reason for] being glad and [who are] my crown of victory; stand firm in [your devotion to] the Lord, my dear ones.

2. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be like-minded in [fellowship with] the Lord.

3. Yes, and I am asking you also, [my] faithful partner [Note: This person is unknown, but may have been one of Paul’s preacher companions], help those women, for they have worked hard with me in [spreading] the Gospel, along with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life. [See Rev. 3:5; Heb. 12:23].

Final Exhortations

4. Rejoice in [fellowship with] the Lord all the time. I will say it again: Rejoice!

5. You should let your gentleness be known to all people. The Lord is near. [Note: This “nearness” could refer to Christ’s second coming or to His nearness to His people in a spiritual sense].

6. Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and [special] petition, along with thanksgivings, you should make your requests known to God.

7. And [when you do], the peace from God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and thoughts [from anxiety] in [fellowship with] Christ Jesus.

8. Finally, brothers, give [careful] thought to these things: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovable, and whatever is commendable. If it is excellent; if it is praiseworthy; [think about it].

9. You people should do those things which you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and [then] the God [who gives] peace will be with you.

Thanks for Their Gifts

10. I am rejoicing very much in [fellowship with] the Lord that now, after some time, you people have revived your concern for me. Actually, you were concerned, but lacked the opportunity [to show it].

11. I am not saying this because of being in need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.

12. I know how to get along in humble circumstances and how to live in prosperity. In every situation and in all circumstances, I have learned the secret both to be full and to be hungry, both to have plenty and to be in need.

13. I can do everything through Christ, who gives me the strength.

14. Nevertheless, it was really good of you people to share [with me] during my troubles [i.e., imprisonment].

15. As you Philippians also know, during the early days of [my] preaching the Gospel [in those regions], when I left Macedonia [Note: This was the northernmost province of Greece], no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving [i.e., financial help], except you only.

16. For even [when I was] in Thessalonica, you sent [money] more than once to meet my needs.

17. [Now] it is not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for the benefit that [such a gift] will add to your [spiritual] account [with God].

18. But I have everything [I need], and in abundance; I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts that you sent, [which are like] a fragrant-smelling sacrifice, acceptable and very pleasing to God.

19. And my God will supply all your needs [also], according to His glorious wealth [enjoyed by fellowship] in Christ Jesus.

20. Now may there be honor to our God and Father forever and ever. May it be so.

Final Greetings

21. Greet every saint [i.e., God’s holy person] in [fellowship with] Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me [also] send their greetings to you.

22. All the saints [here with me] send you their greetings, especially those belonging to [Emperor] Caesar’s household.

23. May the favor of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.






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