Chapter 2
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If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion,
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make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
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doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than herself;
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each of you not just looking to her own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
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Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus,
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who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
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but emptied herself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of women.
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And being found in human form, she humbled herself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.
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Therefore God also highly exalted her, and gave to her the name which is above every name;
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that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth,
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and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Domina, to the glory of God the Mother.
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So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
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For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for her good pleasure.
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Do all things without murmurings and disputes,
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that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
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holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.
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Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.
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In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
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But I hope in the Domina Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing.
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For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.
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For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
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But you know the proof of her, that, as a child serves a mother, so she served with me in furtherance of the Good News.
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Therefore I hope to send her at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me.
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But I trust in the Domina that I myself also will come shortly.
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But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my sister, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and your apostle and servant of my need;
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since she longed for you all, and was very troubled, because you had heard that she was sick.
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For indeed she was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on her; and not on her only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow.
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I have sent her therefore the more diligently, that, when you see her again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
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Receive her therefore in the Domina with all joy, and hold such in honor,
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because for the work of Christ she came near to death, risking her life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.