1Draga braćo i sestre, volim vas i jedva čekam da vas vidim jer ste moja radost i nagrada za moj trud. Budite postojani u Gospodinu!
Pavlove završne napomene
2Molim Evodiju i Sintihu da se ne svađaju i da budu složne u Gospodinu. 3I tebe molim, vjerni prijatelju, pomozi im jer su se silno trudile u propovijedanju Radosne vijesti skupa sa mnom, Klementom i ostalim mojim suradnicima kojih su imena zapisana u Knjizi života.
4Uvijek se radujte u Gospodinu. Da ponovim: radujte se! 5Neka vaša blagost bude poznata svim ljudima. Gospodin je blizu!
6Ne brinite se ni za što; radije se molite za sve; iznesite Bogu sve svoje potrebe, sa zahvalnošću. 7Tako ćete iskusiti Božji mir koji nadilazi svaki razum. On će čuvati vaša srca i vaš um u Kristu Isusu.
8Na završetku, draga braćo, još samo ovo: usmjerite svoje misli na ono što je istinito, čestito i pravedno, na ono što je čisto, hvalevrijedno i kreposno. 9Postupajte kao što ste naučili i čuli od mene i kao što ste mene vidjeli činiti, pa će Bog mira biti s vama.
Zahvala za poslane darove
10Silno sam se razveselio u Gospodinu što opet skrbite za mene. Znam da se uvijek o meni brinete, ali neko vrijeme niste mi imali prilike pomoći. 11Ne govorim to zbog oskudice. Naučio sam biti zadovoljan u svakoj prigodi. 12Znam oskudijevati, a znam i obilovati. Na sve sam naviknuo: i biti sit i gladovati, i obilovati i oskudijevati. 13Sve mogu u Kristu koji mi daje snagu.
14Ali ipak je lijepo od vas što ste mi pomogli u nevolji. 15Dobro znate da mi u početku propovijedanja evanđelja, kad sam otputovao iz Makedonije, nijedna crkva nije financijski pomogla—osim vas Filipljana. 16Čak ste mi i dok sam boravio u Solunu jedanput ili dvaput poslali pomoć za moje potrebe. 17Ne govorim to zato što tražim od vas dar. Želim samo da vaša nagrada bude još veća.
18Sada imam svega dostatno; čak mi i pretječe! Namirili ste sve moje potrebe darom koji ste mi poslali po Epafroditu, tom vašom žrtvom, “ugodnim mirisom” Bogu. 19A isti Bog ispunit će i sve vaše potrebe prema svojemu raskošnom bogatstvu, u Kristu Isusu. 20Neka je slava našemu Bogu Ocu u vijeke vjekova! Amen.
Pavlovi posljednji pozdravi
21Pozdravite ondje pojedinačno svakoga svetoga u Kristu Isusu. Pozdravljaju vas braća koja su sa mnom. 22I svi drugi sveti vas pozdravljaju, posebice oni koji rade na carevu dvoru.
23Neka milost našega Gospodina Isusa bude s vašim duhom!
Remain Strong in the Lord
1My brothers and sisters, in this way remain strong in the Lord. I love you and long for you. Dear friends, you are my joy and my crown.
2Here is what I’m asking Euodia and Syntyche to do. I’m asking them to work together in the Lord. That’s because they both belong to the Lord. 3My true companion, here is what I ask you to do. Help these women, because they have served at my side. They have worked with me to spread the good news. So have Clement and the rest of those who have worked together with me. Their names are all written in the book of life.
4Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful! 5Let everyone know how gentle you are. The Lord is coming soon. 6Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. 7Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds. He will do this because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.
8Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things. 9Do what you have learned or received or heard from me. Follow my example. The God who gives peace will be with you.
Paul Gives Thanks for the Philippians’ Gifts
10At last you are concerned about me again. That makes me very happy. We belong to the Lord. I know that you were concerned. But you had no chance to show it. 11I’m not saying this because I need anything. I have learned to be content no matter what happens to me. 12I know what it’s like not to have what I need. I also know what it’s like to have more than I need. I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough. 13I can do all this by the power of Christ. He gives me strength.
14But it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15And you believers at Philippi know what happened when I left Macedonia. Not one church helped me in the matter of giving and receiving. You were the only one that did. That was in the early days when you first heard the good news. 16Even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help when I needed it. And you did it more than once. 17It is not that I want your gifts. What I really want is what is best for you. 18I have received my full pay and have more than enough. I have everything I need. That’s because Epaphroditus brought me the gifts you sent. They are a sweet-smelling offering. They are a gift that God accepts. He is pleased with it. 19My God will meet all your needs. He will meet them in keeping with his wonderful riches. These riches come to you because you belong to Christ Jesus.
20Give glory to our God and Father for ever and ever. Amen.
21Greet all God’s people. They belong to Christ Jesus.
The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings.
22All God’s people here send you greetings. Most of all, those who live in the palace of Caesar send you greetings.
23May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.