1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 17Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 18For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. 22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 23Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 24But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. 25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Kutsanzira Kudzichepetsa kwa Khristu
1Ngati muli ndi chilimbikitso chilichonse chifukwa cholumikizana ndi Khristu, ngati muli ndi chitonthozo chifukwa cha chikondi chake, ngati muli ndi mtima umodzi mwa Mzimu, ndipo ngati mumakomerana mtima ndi kuchitirana chifundo, 2tsono tsirizani chimwemwe changa pokhala amaganizo ofanana, achikondi chimodzimodzi, amodzi mu mzimu ndi acholinga chimodzinso. 3Musachite kalikonse ndi mtima odzikonda chabe kapena odzitukumula chabe. Koma khalani odzichepetsa ndipo aliyense aziona mnzake ngati womuposa iyeyo. 4Musamangofuna zokomera inu nokha koma aliyense azifuna zokomeranso ena.
5Pa ubale wanu wina ndi mnzake, mukhale ndi mtima wofanana ndi wa Khristu Yesu:
6Iyeyu, pokhala Mulungu ndithu,
sanatenge kufanana ndi Mulungu kukhala chinthu choyenera kuchigwiritsa.
7Koma anadzichepetsa kotheratu
nakhala ndi khalidwe ngati la kapolo
ndi kukhala munthu ngati anthu ena onse.
8Ndipo pokhala munthu choncho
ndipo anamvera mpaka imfa yake,
imfa yake ya pamtanda!
9Choncho Mulungu anamukweza Iye kukhala wapamwamba kwambiri,
ndipo anamupatsa dzina loposa dzina lina lililonse
10kuti pakumva dzina la Yesu, bondo lililonse limugwadire,
kumwamba ndi pa dziko lapansi ndi pansi pa dziko,
11ndipo lilime lililonse livomereze kuti Yesu Khristu ndi Ambuye
kuchitira ulemu Mulungu Atate.
Kuwala monga Nyenyezi
12Tsono, abwenzi anga okondedwa, monga mwakhala omvera nthawi zonse, osati pamene ndinali nanu pokha, koma tsopano koposa pamene ndili kutali. Pitirizani kugwira ntchito ya chipulumutso chanu mwa mantha ndi kunjenjemera, 13pakuti ndi Mulungu amene amagwira ntchito mwa inu kuti mufune ndi kuchita zimene zimamukondweretsa Iyeyo.
14Muzichita zonse mosawiringula kapena mosatsutsapo, 15kuti mukhale wopanda cholakwa ndi angwiro, ana a Mulungu wopanda cholakwika mu mʼbado uno wachinyengo ndi wosocheretsa. Mukatero mudzawala pakati pawo ngati nyenyezi zakumwamba 16powawuza mawu amoyo. Ndipo ine ndidzatha kunyadira pa tsiku la Khristu kuti sindinathamange kapena kugwira ntchito pachabe. 17Koma ngakhale ndikuthiridwa ngati nsembe ya chakumwa yoperekedwa pa nsembe ndi pa utumiki wochokera mʼchikhulupiriro chanu, ndine wokondwa ndi wosangalala pamodzi ndi inu nonse. 18Chomwechonso, inu khalani okondwa ndi osangalala nane pamodzi.
Timoteyo ndi Epafrodito
19Ngati Ambuye Yesu alola, ndikukhulupirira kuti ndidzamutuma Timoteyo msanga kwanuko, kuti mwina ndingadzasangalale ndikadzamva za moyo wanu. 20Ndilibenso wina monga iyeyu amene ali ndi chidwi chenicheni pa za moyo wanu. 21Pakuti aliyense amangofuna zokomera iye yekha osati zokomera Yesu Khristu. 22Koma inu mukudziwa kuti Timoteyo wadzionetsa yekha, chifukwa watumikira ndi ine pa ntchito ya Uthenga Wabwino monga mwana ndi abambo ake. 23Choncho ndikuyembekezera kumutuma msanga ndikangodziwa mmene zinthu zanga ziyendere. 24Ndipo ndikukhulupirira kuti Ambuye akalola ine mwini ndidzafikanso kwanuko posachedwapa.
25Koma ndikuganiza kuti nʼkofunika kuti ndikutumizireni mʼbale wanga Epafrodito, mtumiki mnzanga ndi msilikali mnzanga, amenenso ndi mtumiki wanu amene munamutumiza kuti adzandithandize pa zosowa zanga. 26Pakuti akukulakalakani nonsenu ndipo akusauka mu mtima chifukwa munamva kuti akudwala. 27Zoonadi ankadwala ndipo anatsala pangʼono kumwalira. Koma Mulungu anamuchitira chifundo, ndipo sanangomuchitira chifundo iye yekhayu komanso ine, kuti chisoni changa chisachuluke. 28Choncho khumbo langa lofulumiza kumutumiza lakula, kuti pamene mumuonenso musangalale komanso kuti nkhawa yanga ichepe. 29Mulandireni mwa Ambuye ndi chimwemwe chachikulu, ndipo anthu onga iyeyu muziwachitira ulemu. 30Iyeyu anatsala pangʼono kufa chifukwa cha ntchito ya Khristu, anayika moyo pa chiswe kuti akwaniritse thandizo limene inu simukanatha.