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

  • Tangela Henderson
    JESUS gives us peace that surpasses carnal knowledge and understanding. We trust God in the good times and the bad times.
  • Joyce Ballentine
    Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord. I will say it again: Rejoice! IN SHORT: CAUSE OF ALL THE TROUBLES AND EVIL WE HAVE TO FACE IN THIS WORLD, REJOICING IN THE THE LORD IS AN NECESSITY TO KEEP A PEACE OF MIND! WHY??? UNLIKE LIFE IN THIS WORLD, THE LORD NEVER CHANGES! THANK U LORD FOR BEING GOOD TO ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!! GLORY BE TO GOD!!!
  • Librarygal143
    God, thank you for providing for your children. You know that my needs are simple. I do not wish for a Mcmansion, expensive clothes, jewelry, or cars. Never did, never will. I only want to have enough to live decently, to provide for those I love, to help those who are in need, and to have you, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in my life. I love you, Heavenly Father.
  • Adi Mere Vueti
    He is a mighty King."
  • Joshua
    I believe the word "riches" is teaching us that whatever comes from God is good. Our circumstances in essence no matter how strange or unwanted, God's Holy Spirit indicates it is rich by Christ Jesus. The Resurrected Saviour is out hope that whatever rich comes our way is fulfilled by His Holy Spirit. We just may be blind to the glory attached to it because we so often walk in the flesh. Plus glory of Christ Jesus is so intimately revealed that we are lucky if we are chosen to see it. most of us just hear about it. That is where we must persevere in worship because we have the hope one day we might see those "riches in glory."
  • Irene123
    V. 22 - All the saints salute you ..........of Caesar's household. That just sent chills of joy up my spine when I first read it. In the GREAT MAN'S house, saints were busy praying for others living and working there. I love His Word; it has so many little 'things' we miss in our general reading and skipping to our favorite verses. It's these 'hidden' things HE shows us.