Philippians 4:17
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New International Version
Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.

New Living Translation
I don't say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.

English Standard Version
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.

New American Standard Bible
Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.

King James Bible
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that is increasing to your account.

International Standard Version
It is not that I am looking for a gift. No, I want to see that you receive the fruit that increases to your benefit.

NET Bible
I do not say this because I am seeking a gift. Rather, I seek the credit that abounds to your account.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not that I seek gifts, but I seek that fruit may abound to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not that I'm looking for a gift. The opposite is true. I'm looking for your resources to increase.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

King James 2000 Bible
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

American King James Version
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

American Standard Version
Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that may abound to your account.

Darby Bible Translation
Not that I seek gift, but I seek fruit abounding to your account.

English Revised Version
Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Weymouth New Testament
Not that I crave for gifts from you, but I do want to see abundant fruit bring you honour.

World English Bible
Not that I seek for the gift, but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account.

Young's Literal Translation
not that I seek after the gift, but I seek after the fruit that is overflowing to your account;
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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 17. - Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account; rather, as R.V., not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that creaseth to your account. He shrinks sensitively from the danger of being mistaken; his words are not to be understood as a hint for further gifts. It is not the gift that he desires; but there is something which he longs for, and that is, charity, the fruit of the Spirit, showing itself in the generosity of the Philippians - the fruit of good works, continually increasing, and set down in heaven to their account.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not because I desire a gift,.... This commendation of them he entered into, not because he desired another present to be made to him, either by them or others; he was not a man of such a disposition, he was not like one of those that could never have enough; he was fully satisfied and highly contented with what he had; he was not like the false teachers, that made merchandise of men; he sought not theirs, but them:

but I desire fruit that may abound to your account; he had planted them, or had been an instrument in planting of them, as trees of righteousness, Isaiah 61:3; and his great desire was to see fruits of righteousness grow upon them, Philippians 1:11; by which sometimes are meant acts of beneficence, as in 2 Corinthians 9:10; and that these might be abundant and turn to their profit and advantage, as such fruit does; for God does not forget to recompence acts of bounty, and labours of love, but if even a cup of cold water is given to a prophet or minister of Christ, on account of his being so, it shall have its reward in the issue of things, upon the casting up of accounts, Matthew 10:42; for the apostle still has reference unto that; his view was, that the balance might be on their side, and that much might be received by them; so that it was not for himself, but for their encouragement and future good, he said this; for as for himself he adds,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. a gift—Greek, "the gift." Translate, "It is not that I seek after the gift, but I do seek after the fruit that aboundeth to your account"; what I do seek is your spiritual good, in the abounding of fruits of your faith which shall be put down to your account, against the day of reward (Heb 6:10).

Philippians 4:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Philippian Generosity
16for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account. 18But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 9:11
If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you?

2 Corinthians 9:5
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
Treasury of Scripture

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

because.

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Acts 20:33,34 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel…

1 Corinthians 9:12-15 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? …

2 Corinthians 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool …

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted …

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

2 Peter 2:3,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

fruit.

Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus …

Micah 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, …

John 15:8,16 Herein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall …

Romans 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this …

2 Corinthians 9:9-13 (As it is written, He has dispersed abroad; he has given to the poor: …

Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, …

to.

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Matthew 10:40-42 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives …

Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When you make a dinner or …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

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