Main point summary
I hope to send Timothy to you because I care about you and I know that Timothy will care for you because he is a faithful servant of the gospel.
Ἐλπίζω δὲ ἐν κυρίῳ Ἰησοῦ Τιμόθεον ταχέως πέμψαι ὑμῖν,
I hope in the Lord Jesus w to send Timothy to you soon,
ἵνα κἀγὼ εὐψυχῶ γνοὺς τὰ περὶ ὑμῶν.
so that I too may be cheered by news of you.
οὐδένα γὰρ ἔχω ἰσόψυχον,
For I have no one x like him,
ὅστις γνησίως τὰ περὶ ὑμῶν μεριμνήσει•
who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
οἱ πάντες γὰρ τὰ ἑαυτῶν ζητοῦσιν,
For they all y seek their own interests,
οὐ τὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ.
not those of Jesus Christ.
τὴν δὲ δοκιμὴν αὐτοῦ γινώσκετε,
But you know Timothy’s 1 z proven worth,
ὅτι ὡς πατρὶ τέκνον σὺν ἐμοὶ
how a as a son 2 with a father
ἐδούλευσεν εἰς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον.
b he has served with me in the gospel.
τοῦτον μὲν οὖν ἐλπίζω πέμψαι
I hope therefore to send him
ὡς ἂν ἀφίδω τὰ περὶ ἐμὲ ἐξαυτῆς•
just as soon as I see how it will go with me,
πέποιθα δὲ ἐν κυρίῳ ὅτι καὶ αὐτὸς ταχέως ἐλεύσομαι .
and c I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
Paul puts forward Timothy as an example to emulate. Timothy will be genuinely concerned for the Philippian's welfare. And he has been a faithful servant of the gospel. Paul also continues to be an example to the Philippians in his concern for them. In other words, h aving the mindset of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11) looks like Timothy.