I have great joy in the Lord because now at last you have again expressed your concern for me. (Now I know you were concerned before but had no opportunity to do anything.) 1
And as you Philippians know, at the beginning of my gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in this matter of giving and receiving except you alone.
Even though they have the appearance of wisdom 1 with their self-imposed worship and false humility 2 achieved by an 3 unsparing treatment of the body – a wisdom with no true value – they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. 4
in that 1 our gospel did not come to you merely in words, 2 but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you). 3
For you recall, brothers and sisters, 1 our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, 1 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not go ahead of those who have fallen asleep.
This saying 1 is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on such truths, 2 so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people.
The place where they serve is 1 a sketch 2 and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the design 3 shown to you on the mountain.” 4
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our 1 consciences from dead works to worship the living God.
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up 1 and causing trouble, and through him many become defiled.
Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” 1
So be patient, brothers and sisters, 1 until the Lord’s return. 2 Think of how the farmer waits 3 for the precious fruit of the ground and is patient 4 for it until it receives the early and late rains.
Furthermore, I will strike her followers 1 with a deadly disease, 2 and then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay 3 each one of you 4 what your deeds deserve. 5
Moses said, “I am going to go out 1 from you and pray to the Lord, and the swarms of flies will go away from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people tomorrow. Only do not let Pharaoh deal falsely again 2 by not releasing 3 the people to sacrifice to the Lord.”
For seven days 1 you must eat 2 bread made without yeast. 3 Surely 4 on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast 5 from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off 6 from Israel.
All along the way I, the Lord your God, 1 have blessed your every effort. 2 I have 3 been attentive to 4 your travels through this great wasteland. These forty years I have 5 been with you; you have lacked for nothing.’”
You said, “The Lord our God has shown us his great glory 1 and we have heard him speak from the middle of the fire. It is now clear to us 2 that God can speak to human beings and they can keep on living.