8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever
is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 Keep on doing
the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen
in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoice in
the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern
for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity
to show it.
11 Not that I
am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content
with whatever I have.
12 I know what
it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any
and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed
and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need.
13 I can do all
things through him who strengthens me.