Philippians 4:12

“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I know both how to bee abased, and I knowe how to abound: euerie where, and in all things I am instructed, both to bee full, and to bee hungrie, both to abound, and to suffer need.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is the same to me if I am looked down on or honoured; everywhere and in all things I have the secret of how to be full and how to go without food; how to have wealth and how to be in need.
- Basic English Bible

I know both how to be abased and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am initiated both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer privation.
- Darby Bible

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
- Webster's Bible

I know both how to live in humble circumstances and how to live amid abundance. I am fully initiated into all the mysteries both of fulness and of hunger, of abundance and of want.
- Weymouth Bible

I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need.
- World English Bible

And Y can also be lowid, Y can also haue plentee. Euery where and in alle thingis Y am tauyt to be fillid, and to hungur, and to abounde, and to suffre myseiste.
- Wycliffe Bible

I have known both to be abased, and I have known to abound; in everything and in all things I have been initiated, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 4:12


4:12 I know how to be abased - Having scarce what is needful for my body. And to abound - Having wherewith to relieve others also. Presently after, the order of the words is inverted, to intimate his frequent transition from scarcity to plenty, and from plenty to scarcity. I am instructed - Literally, I am initiated in that mystery, unknown to all but Christians. Both to be full and to be hungry - For one day. Both to abound and to want - For a longer season.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 4:12


Php 4:12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. He had experienced all things; want as well as plenty, hunger and food in abundance; every variety of condition.

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 !!!!

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