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Philippians 2:27

Philippians 2:27 (KJV)

27 For 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.

Philippians 2:27 (Literal)

27 And indeed he was sick, very close to death, but God had compassion on him and not on him only but on me also, so I should not have grief upon grief.

CONTEXT-Like-mindedness in the one Body with joy and rejoicing 

Philippians 2:1-30

1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in [fellowship with] Christ, if there is any quieting comfort of the heart in love, if there is any spiritual fellowship, if there is any tender compassion, 2 then make my joy completely full by thinking the same thoughts, by having the same love, by having your souls joined together, by thinking unity. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vainglory, but with humility of mind let everyone consider others as superiors, 4 each one looking out for the concerns of others, not just his own concerns. 5 Think those thoughts that Jesus Christ thought. 6 He who existed in the likeness of God [as God’s Son] did not consider equality with God [as His Son] a position to use for his own purposeful gain. 7 But he emptied himself of reputation by taking on the likeness of a slave, by resembling other men, and by having the fashion and manner of a man. 8 He humbled himself becoming obedient unto death, death by the cross. 9 Wherefore, God exalted him highly. He gave him a name above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus Christ every knee must bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. 11 Every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is lord for the glory of God, the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have been obedient at all times, not only when I was present with you, but now even more when I am absent from you, work intensely to demonstrate your own wholeness with reverence and obedience [looking to God with stayed mind]; 13 for it is God Who energizes within you in order for you to desire and carry out that which is according to His good pleasure. 14 Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 in order that you may be faultless and unadulterated as the blameless sons of God who are dwelling in a crooked and perverted age; yet you shine as bright stars in the universe 16 as you hold forth the Word of Life, so I may boast in the day of Christ that I have not run the race in vain nor worked so hard in vain. 17 But if I am poured out upon the sacrifice, that is, my service for your believing, I rejoice, yea I rejoice greatly with all of you. 18 So you too rejoice, yea rejoice greatly with me. 19 Now in my service for the Lord Jesus, I firmly expect to send Timothy to you soon so I may be truly at ease when I know your affairs. 20 I have no one who thinks like me and is wholeheartedly concerned about your affairs. 21 Everyone is selfishly interested in himself rather than in those things which pertain to Jesus Christ. 22 However, you know experientially how he [Timothy] has proved himself, because he has served [as a bondslave] with me for [the advancement of] the gospel as a son works with his father. 23 Therefore, I firmly expect to send him immediately after I am able to turn my attention from my own affairs. 24 And I am confident in the lord that I myself also will come to you soon. 25 Yet a certain matter urged me to send you Epaphroditus, my brother, helper, and co-worker, but your apostle and an attendant to my need. 26 He had an intense desire to be with all of you and was full of heaviness because he knew you had heard he was sick. 27 And indeed he was sick, very close to death, but God had compassion on him and not on him only but on me also, so I should not have grief upon grief. 28 So I sent him promptly, in order that when you see him you might rejoice again, and I might be relieved. 29 Therefore, welcome him hospitably in the lord with all joy, and hold in esteem those who are like him, 30 because he was near death on account of his work for the lord, having risked his life to supply your deficiency of service to me.


The Structure of Philippians 

A. Salutation –Philippians 1:1,2
    B. Prayer for fellowship, fruit, and abounding love – Philippians 1:3-11
       C. Contending together in the face of conflict and strife with joy and rejoicing – Philippians 1:12-30
          D. Like-mindedness in the one Body with joy and rejoicing – Philippians 2:1-30
       C. Contending together for the high calling with a view to the Christian’s joy and crown –Philippians 3:1-4:9
    B. Desire for fellowship, care and concern, and abounding fruit – Philippians 4:10-20
A. Salutation – Philippians 4:21-23


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