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

  • Richard
    4/13 Really is like a mantra for me it sets the pace for the day. It doesnt matter what I have to do His strength in me is there. Paul knew this stitching tents.
    When it comes to temptation.... I can do all things ..... including " not to " whatever the temptation may be.
    Truely "Thy word is a lamp to my feet a light to my path." PTL
  • Librarygal143
    Amen to that!
  • Gwendolyn Johnson
    God speaks
  • Ann
    Verse 13 has always been my anchor. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me". Learning not to be anxious for nothing is sometime hard. In all things I must settle down and be content. Lord help me.
  • Golden
    The more I read this chapter, the more nuggets that I receive. Reading this chapter and then the commentary, it is very humbling. God is so awesome!
  • Pai Nan
    This Message of the Word of God is so sufficient.. I love and hold it up for our family daily thanksgiving,for the Lord Jesus' promised...