4 Synopsis: Stand firm in unity and harmony
and rejoice in God and know His peace as you give Him your anxieties.
Follow my example and do all we taught. Thanks for the gifts received]
Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity
Synopsis: hold fast to God and be at peace and harmony
with one another]
wonderful people, stand firm in your faith) Therefore,
my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy
and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
(you two who struggle,
be of one mind) I
plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same
mind in the Lord.
(these ladies need the
help of the rest of you) Yes,
and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they
have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with
Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the
book of life.
Synopsis: rejoice in God, be gentle with one another,
be at peace in Christ by overcoming anxiety in prayer, focus on
what is good and put into practice all we've taught you.]
(let your life be full
of rejoicing) Rejoice
in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
(and let your attitude
be one of gentleness) Let
your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
(don't have any worries
but hand then over to God in prayer) +
not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(and His peace will anchor
the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(fill your minds with
all that is good) +
brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever
is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if
anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
(what we've taught you
– do, and know His peace) Whatever
you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put
it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
I've learned to be content in all circumstances
Synopsis: I'm blessed by your concern for me but I have
learned contentedness in every situation, whether in need or with
plenty, for I am receiving His provision]
(I've been really blessed
by your concern for me and your provisions) I
rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern
for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity
to show it.
(I've learnt contentment
am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to
be content whatever the circumstances.
(I've known the extremes
of poverty and affluence and of being content in both) +
know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
(with His strength I
can handle anything He give me to do) +
can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Thanks for Their Gifts
Synopsis: you have blessed me in the way you have provided
for me more than once, including your recent gift you sent with
Epaphroditus when he came. I am resourced and I know God will
(so yes, thank you for
your concerns for what is happening to me) Yet
it was good of you to share in my troubles.
(you have uniquely blessed
and provided for me again and again) Moreover,
as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance
with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church
shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you
only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more
than once when I was in need.
(not that I'm looking
for gifts) Not
that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited
to your account.
(I am fully blessed by
your gifts) I
have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply
supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts
you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice,
pleasing to God.
(God will bless you with
all you need) + And
my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his
glory in Christ Jesus.
(and to Him be the glory)
To our God
and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Final Greetings from all the believers here
(we all send you our
all God's people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who
are with me send greetings. All God's people here send you greetings,
especially those who belong to Caesar's household.
(so know His grace always)
The grace of
the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.