E. The Apostle's Concern for the Believers
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send aTimothy to you shortly, that I also may be 1encouraged by knowing the things concerning you.
20 For I have no one 1alike-souled who will genuinely care for what concerns you;
21 For all aseek their own things, not the things of 1Christ Jesus.
22 But you know his 1approvedness, that as a achild with a father he has 2bserved with me unto the cgospel.
23 Him therefore I hope to send immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me.
24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will acome shortly.
25 But I considered it necessary to send to you aEpaphroditus, my 1brother and bfellow worker and cfellow soldier, and your 2dapostle and 3minister to my eneed,
26 Since he alonged after you all and was greatly distressed because you heard that he had become sick;
27 For indeed he had become asick, near to death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I have sent him therefore the more eagerly, so that when you see him again, you may arejoice and I may be less sorrowful.
29 aReceive him therefore in the Lord with all bjoy, and chold such in honor,
30 Because for the work of Christ he drew near unto death, 1arisking his 2life, that he might bfill up your lack of 3service toward me.