4:1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown (something I can have honor in), so stand fast (persevere) in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And I intreat (request) thee also, true yokefellow (colleagues), help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation (patience) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (near)
6 Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication (petition) with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Peter 3:12-17 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
7 And the peace (rest + set at one again) of (with) God, which passeth (is superior to) all understanding (meaning), shall keep (to hem in, protect) your hearts (thoughts and feelings) and minds (perception & intellect) through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure (morally clean), whatsoever things are lovely (friendly towards), whatsoever things are of good report (well spoken of); if there be any virtue (manliness), and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned (studied), and received (become associated with), and heard (comprehend), and seen in me (witness my actions), do (take on these actions in your own life): and the God of peace shall be with you. (he keeps the Torah and preaches salvation by grace through faith)
10 But (and) I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care (time where they set their affections upon) of me hath flourished again (has been revived); wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. (they wanted to help but were unable because of distance or finances)
11 Not that I speak in respect of want (falling short): for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased (humble), and I know how to abound (to excel): everywhere and in all things I am instructed (have been taught how to be) both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (I can live through anything because of the word of Christ)
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. (to share in company with, i.e. co-participate in)
15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church (assembly of people) communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit (converts/believers in Christ) that may abound (increase) to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full (overjoyed), having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. (the friendship and communication of the growing congregation)
19 But my God shall supply (completely fill) all your need (destitution) according to his riches (abundance) in glory (reputation/proof) by Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household. (the same person holding Paul in prison)
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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