“I sent him therefore the more carefully, that when ye see him againe, ye may reioyce, and that I may bee the lesse sorrowfull.”
King James Version (KJV)
25. Yet I supposed it necessary, to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and companion in labour, and fellow souldiour, but your messenger, and hee that ministred to my wants. 26. For hee longed after you all, and was full of heauinesse, because that yee had heard that he had bene sicke. 27. For indeed he was sicke nigh vnto death, but God had mercy on him: and not on him onely, but on mee also, lest I should haue sorow vpon sorow. 28. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that when ye see him againe, ye may reioyce, and that I may bee the lesse sorrowfull. 29. Receiue him therfore in the Lord with all gladnesse, and hold such in reputation: 30. Because for the worke of Christ he was nigh vnto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lacke of seruice toward me.