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Philippians 2

Imitating Christ’s Humility

1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature[a] God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[c] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.

25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

  1. Philippians 2:6 Or in the form of
  2. Philippians 2:7 Or the form
  3. Philippians 2:15 Deut. 32:5

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Wafilipi 2

Unyenyekevu Na Ukuu Wa Kristo

1Ikiwa mmepata faraja kwa kuwa mmeunganishwa na Kristo, kama mmevutwa na upendo wake na kushiriki Roho wake, kama mnaoneana huruma na kusaidiana; basi kamilisheni furaha yangu kwa kuwa na nia moja, upendo mmoja na kuwa wamoja katika roho na shabaha. Msifanye jambo lo lote kwa ajili ya ubinafsi au kwa kujiona, bali kuweni wanyenyekevu, mkiwahesabu wengine kuwa bora kuliko ninyi. Kila mtu asiangalie mambo yake mwenyewe, bali kila mtu ajishughulishe pia kwa faida ya wengine. Muwe na nia kama ile aliyokuwa nayo Kristo Yesu; yeye kwa asili alikuwa sawa na Mungu, lakini hakuona kwamba kuwa sawa na Mungu ni kitu cha kush ikilia sana. Bali alikubali kuacha vyote, akachukua hali ya mtumishi, akazaliwa na umbo la wanadamu. Alipochukua umbo la mwanadamu, alijinyenyekeza akawa mtii mpaka kufa, tena kifo cha msalaba. Kwa sababu hiyo, Mungu alimwinua juu kabisa, akampa jina ambalo ni kuu kuliko majina yote; 10 ili kwa jina la Yesu, kila goti lipigwe, mbinguni na duniani na kuzimu; 11 na kila ulimi ukiri kwamba Yesu Kristo ni Bwana, kwa utukufu wa Mungu

Ng’aeni Kama Nyota

12 Basi rafiki zangu wapendwa, kama ambavyo mmekuwa mkitii nilipokuwa nanyi, nawasihi mwendelee kunitii vivyo hivyo, na hata zaidi sasa kwa kuwa sipo pamoja nanyi. Endeleeni kufanya bidii kwa ajili ya wokovu wenu huku mkitetemeka na kuogopa. 13 Kwa maana ni Mungu ambaye anatenda kazi ndani yenu, akiwapa nia ya kutimiza mapenzi yake na kuwawezesha kutenda yale yanayompendeza 14 Fanyeni mambo yote bila manung’uniko au mabishano 15 ili msiwe na lawama au kosa bali muwe wana wa Mungu wasio na kasoro katika ulimwengu uliopotoka, mking’aa kama nyota angani, 16 na kusisitiza neno la uzima. Mkifanya hivyo siku ya Kristo nitajisi fia kwamba sikupiga mbio au kufanya kazi bure. 17 Hata kama damu yangu itamwagwa kama sadaka juu ya dhabihu na huduma inayotokana na imani yenu, mimi ninafurahi na kushangilia pamoja nanyi nyote. 18 Vivyo hivyo, nanyi pia mnapaswa kufurahi na kushangilia pamoja nami.

Safari Ya Timotheo Na Epafrodita

19 Nina matumaini katika Bwana Yesu ya kumtuma Timotheo hivi karibuni aje kwenu, ili nipate habari za kunitia moyo kutoka kwenu. 20 Sina mtu mwingine hapa kama yeye, anayewatakieni mema kwa moyo wote. 21 Wengine wanajishughulisha zaidi na mambo yao wenyewe na hawajali lo lote kuhusu kazi ya Yesu Kristo. 22 Lakini ninyi wenyewe mnajua jinsi Timotheo alivyojithibit isha, kwa maana amefanya kazi ya Injili pamoja nami kama vile mtoto na baba yake. 23 Kwa hiyo, natumaini kumtuma Timotheo kwenu mara tu nipatapo habari kuhusu mambo yangu yatakavyokuwa. 24 Nami naamini katika Bwana kwamba mimi mwenyewe nitakuja kwenu hivi karibuni.

25 Nimeona vema kumrudisha ndugu yangu Epafrodita kwenu. Yeye ni mtumishi na askari mwenzangu, ambaye pia ni mjumbe wenu mliyemtuma anihudumie katika mahitaji yangu. 26 Yeye ana hamu kuwaoneni ninyi nyote, na amesikitishwa kwa sababu mlipata habari kwamba alikuwa mgonjwa. 27 Hakika alikuwa mgonjwa, tena karibu ya kufa. Lakini Mungu alimhurumia, na si yeye tu, bali hata na mimi alinihurumia, nisipatwe na huzuni juu ya huzuni . 28 Kwa hiyo napenda kumtuma kwenu ili mtakapomwona kwa mara nyingine, mpate kufurahi, na mimi nipunguziwe wasiwasi wangu. 29 Kwa hiyo mpokeeni katika Bwana kwa furaha kubwa; na wapeni heshima watu kama hawa. 30 Kwa maana alikaribia kufa kwa ajili ya kazi ya Kristo; alihatarisha maisha yake ili aweze kunipa msaada ambao ninyi msingeweza kunipa.