12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed
me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work
out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God
who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for
his good pleasure.
14 Do all things
without murmuring and arguing,
15 so that you
may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in
the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine
like stars in the world.
16 It is by your
holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of
Christ that I did not run in vain or labour in vain.
17 But even if
I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering
of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you --
18 and in the
same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.