Philippians 4:11

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not that I speake in respect of want: for I haue learned in whatsoeuer state I am, therewith to bee content.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I will not say anything about my needs, for I am able, wherever I am, to be dependent on myself.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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

I do not refer to this through fear of privation, for (for my part) I have learned, whatever be my outward experiences, to be content.
- Weymouth Bible

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

for Y haue lerud to be sufficient in whiche thingis Y am.
- Wycliffe Bible

not that in respect of want I say [it], for I did learn in the things in which I am -- to be content;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 4:11


4:11 I have learned - From God. He only can teach this. In everything, therewith to be content - Joyfully and thankfully patient. Nothing less is Christian content. We may observe a beautiful gradation in the expressions, I have learned; I know; I am instructed; I can.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 4:11


Php 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want. Lest they should think that he rejoiced because he had been in want, Paul adds for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. He had learned to be content, whatever was his state. He had Christ, and to him Christ was all in all.

Discussion for Philippians 4

  • Gail Green
    I believe that Phillppans is a book by the Lord which tells us to be strong in him no matter what we are going though He is our refuge and strength.
  • RTM girl
    This chapter tells you exactly what to think on! Often times we are use to the clutter in our minds. Majority of our thoughts are not pure, lovely, honest, not of virtue, or of praise. This helps me cast down those thoughts and refocus and if what I'm thinking does not match the criteria then its time to pray. Paul hit contentment right on the nail, we must be content with such things as we have!
  • Madison
    I have a chore list that has this verse in it 4:13, I can do all things thrue chirst which strengthen me. I LOVE THAT VERES.
  • John j. for verse 7
    Even words cannot expound the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Christine for verse 19
    Jesus never failed all you have to do is love the lord n abide in him n the word may the lord bless you all amen
  • MockingBird for verse 13
    I wake up every morning quoting this passage of scripture. I can do all things with God's enabling power of Holy Spirit and His word Through me in me Also the scripture above that also means I know how to be abased and I know how to abound : Therefore I can be abased and abound in all things in Christ Jesus which strengthens me !!! Praise God !!!!