Variant Reading(s): differing versions of a word or phrase found in two or more manuscripts within a variation unit (see below). Variant readings are also called alternate readings.
because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (Philippians 2:30)
In its early days, as throughout most of its history, the church faced both external and internal problems. The external problems mostly took the form of persecutions. Before A.D. 250, persecutions were local, sporadic, and often the result of mob action rather than of civil policy.
Therefore receive him in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; (Philippians 2:29)
Therefore, I am sending him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and that I may be less anxious. (Philippians 2:28)
Between A.D. 95 and about 150, a number of works were written by men who had known the apostles and the apostolic doctrine; they are known as the Apostolic Fathers.
The church began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 1–2) and spread rather quickly throughout the Roman Empire.
For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. (Philippians 2:27)
since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. (Philippians 2:26)