Philippians 4:11
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New International Version
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

New Living Translation
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

English Standard Version
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

New American Standard Bible
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

King James Bible
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I don't say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

International Standard Version
I am not saying this because I am in any need, for I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in.

NET Bible
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I said it, not because I had need, because I have learned that whatever I have will be enough for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm not saying this because I'm in any need. I've learned to be content in whatever situation I'm in.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.

King James 2000 Bible
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content.

American King James Version
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.

American Standard Version
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I speak not as it were for want. For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content therewith.

Darby Bible Translation
Not that I speak as regards privation, for as to me *I* have learnt in those circumstances in which I am, to be satisfied in myself.

English Revised Version
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, with that to be content.

Weymouth New Testament
I do not refer to this through fear of privation, for (for my part)

World English Bible
Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it.

Young's Literal Translation
not that in respect of want I say it, for I did learn in the things in which I am -- to be content;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:10-19 It is a good work to succour and help a good minister in trouble. The nature of true Christian sympathy, is not only to feel concern for our friends in their troubles, but to do what we can to help them. The apostle was often in bonds, imprisonments, and necessities; but in all, he learned to be content, to bring his mind to his condition, and make the best of it. Pride, unbelief, vain hankering after something we have not got, and fickle disrelish of present things, make men discontented even under favourable circumstances. Let us pray for patient submission and hope when we are abased; for humility and a heavenly mind when exalted. It is a special grace to have an equal temper of mind always. And in a low state not to lose our comfort in God, nor distrust his providence, nor take any wrong course for our own supply. In a prosperous condition not to be proud, or secure, or worldly. This is a harder lesson than the other; for the temptations of fulness and prosperity are more than those of affliction and want. The apostle had no design to urge them to give more, but to encourage such kindness as will meet a glorious reward hereafter. Through Christ we have grace to do what is good, and through him we must expect the reward; and as we have all things by him, let us do all things for him, and to his glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. . He explains himself; it is not want that prompted his words. Literally, I learned (the verb is aorist); that is, when he became a Christian. The A.V. is verbally inaccurate in the following words, which mean literally, "In the circumstances in which I am." But the sense is the same. St. Paul is speaking of his present condition: he is content with it, though it involves all the hardships of captivity; his present contentment is a sample of his habitual frame of mind. Αὐτάρκης here rendered "content," is a common word in Greek philosophy. It means "self-sufficient," "independent." It is of frequent occurrence in Stoical treatises; but St. Paul uses it in a Christian sense; he is αυτάρκης in relation to man, but his αὐτάρκεια comes from God (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not that I speak in respect of want,.... Either of want of will in them; of their slowness and backwardness in their care of him, postponing him to others, caring for him last of all; this gave him no uneasiness, he did not take it ill, knowing and owning himself to be less than the least of all saints: or of his own want before this present came; and his sense is, that he did not express himself with so much joy, because of the penury and distress he was in before the things came to him which they sent; for he was not in want; though he had nothing, he possessed all things, and was as happy, and in as comfortable a frame, and in as much content then as now:

for I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content; or "to be sufficient", as the Vulgate Latin version renders it; or that that is sufficient for me which I have, as the Syriac version renders it; for the word here used signifies to be self-sufficient, or to have a sufficiency in one's self, which in the strict sense of the phrase is only true of God, who is "El-shaddai", God all-sufficient; but, in a lower sense, is true of such who are contented with their present state and condition, with such things as they have, be they more or less, and think that they have enough, as old Jacob did, Genesis 33:11; and such persons have a sort of an all-sufficiency in them; they are thankful for every thing they have, be it little or more, and in every state, whether of adversity or prosperity; and quietly and patiently submit to the will of God, and cheerfully take and bear whatever is assigned them as their portion; and such an one was the apostle: he was not only content with food and raiment, and such things as he had, but even when he had nothing at all; when he had neither bread to eat nor clothes to wear; when he was in hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness, as was sometimes his case; and therefore he does not say here, that he had learnt to be content with such things as he had, but , "in what I:am": and this he had not by nature, but by grace; it was not natural, but adventitious to him; it was not what he had acquired by his industry, but what he had "learned"; and that not in the school of nature and reason, while an unregenerate man; nor at the feet of Gamaliel, while he was training up under him in the law of Moses, and in the traditions of the elders; but he learned it of God, and was taught it by the revelation of Christ, and under the teachings of the Spirit of God, and that in the school of affliction, by a train of experiences, of many sorrows, afflictions, and distresses; for this lesson is learned quite contrary to all the rules and reasons among men, not by prosperity, but by adversity: many are the things that may excite and encourage to the exercise of this heavenly grace, where it is wrought; as the consideration of the unalterable will of God, according to which every man's state and condition is settled, and therefore what God has made crooked can never be made straight; and of our case when we came into the world, and what that will be when we go out of it, naked and bare of this world's things; and of our unworthiness of the least mercy at the hand of God: add to which, the consideration of God being our portion and exceeding great reward; of having an interest in Christ and all things in him; and of the profits and pleasures of a life of contentment; and of the promises which God has made to such; and of the future glory and happiness which will shortly be enjoyed: so that a believer may say, who has the smallest pittance of earthly enjoyments, this, with a covenant God, with an interest in Christ, with grace here and heaven hereafter, is enough.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. I have learned—The I in Greek is emphatical. I leave it to others if they will, to be discontented. I, for my part, have learned, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, and the dealings of Providence (Heb 5:8), to be content in every state.

content—The Greek, literally expresses "independent of others, and having sufficiency in one's self." But Christianity has raised the term above the haughty self-sufficiency of the heathen Stoic to the contentment of the Christian, whose sufficiency is not in self, but in God (2Co 3:5; 1Ti 6:6, 8; Heb 13:5; compare Jer 2:36; 45:5).

Philippians 4:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Philippian Generosity
10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked opportunity. 11Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.…
Cross References
Luke 3:14
Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely--be content with your pay."

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1 Timothy 6:8
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Treasury of Scripture

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.

in respect.

1 Corinthians 4:11,12 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, …

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he …

2 Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, …

I have.

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

Genesis 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep …

Exodus 2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah …

Matthew 6:31-34 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall …

Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall …

1 Timothy 6:6-9 But godliness with contentment is great gain…

Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

Hebrews 13:5,6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

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