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

  • BSP
    We must try our hardest to focus on the positive things mentioned in verse 8.
  • Wayne
    For your spiritual pleasure, read Phil: 2:14-16. Coincides with v.1 thus chapter.
  • Joyce
    Patiently waiting for God's timing in the natural is challenging where the world demands instant response.
    But God provided the Holy Spirit to help the believer in any situation.Throughout my school days, He always guided me, and strengthened me as I called upon Him to complete each course. I shared this verse with the school's online community.
  • Wayne
    And the peace of God, that passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • Librarygal143
    Amen to that!
  • Gwendolyn Johnson
    God speaks