12 Rejoice and be glad,(A) because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.(B)

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I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you.(A) I am greatly encouraged;(B) in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.(C)

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17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering(A) on the sacrifice(B) and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.(C)

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Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!(A)

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Paul’s Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice(A) in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions,(B) for the sake of his body, which is the church.(C)

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You became imitators of us(A) and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering(B) with the joy(C) given by the Holy Spirit.(D)

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