November 10, 2012, Reading

The Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians    4: 10-19

4:10 Now I rejoice in the Lord exceedingly, because finally, after some time, your feelings for me have flourished again, just as you formerly felt. For you had been preoccupied.
4:11 I am not saying this as if out of need. For I have learned that, in whatever state I am, it is sufficient.
4:12 I know how to be humbled, and I know how to abound. I am prepared for anything, anywhere: either to be full or to be hungry, either to have abundance or to endure scarcity.
4:13 Everything is possible in him who has strengthened me.
4:14 Yet truly, you have done well by sharing in my tribulation.
4:15 But you also know, O Philippians, that at the beginning of the Gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not a single church shared with me in the plan of giving and receiving, except you alone.
4:16 For you even sent to Thessalonica, once, and then a second time, for what was useful to me.
4:17 It is not that I am seeking a gift. Instead, I seek the fruit that abounds to your benefit.
4:18 But I have everything in abundance. I have been filled up, having received from Epaphroditus the things that you sent; this is an odor of sweetness, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
4:19 And may my God fulfill all your desires, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


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