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

  • 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.
  • Nancy Bridget
    "praise be the Lord my God"
  • 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.

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