The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn't have any chance to show it. 11
I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with whatever I have. 12
I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13
Christ gives me the strength to face anything. 14
It was good of you to help me when I was having such a hard time. 15
My friends at Philippi, you remember what it was like when I started preaching the good news in Macedonia. After I left there, you were the only church that became my partner by giving blessings and by receiving them in return. 16
Even when I was in Thessalonica, you helped me more than once. 17
I am not trying to get something from you, but I want you to receive the blessings that come from giving. 18
I have been paid back everything, and with interest. I am completely satisfied with the gifts you sent with Epaphroditus. They are like a sweet-smelling offering or like the right kind of sacrifice that pleases God. 19
I pray that God will take care of all your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus! 20
May God our Father be praised forever and ever. Amen.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®. Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. Used by permission.