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

  • Zenaida Natividad
    This verse is a divine encouragement to all believers that with God on our side we can do all things for ourselves and for others. Praise Him all ye saints!
  • Tony Sabin
    We can do nothing without Him, but everything with Him. With I'm in front of possible you have impossible but add a H to impossible and you have Himpossible. I know it's not a word.
  • 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.
  • Trinity adwoa kwofie for verse 13
    i can overcome the enemy, my troubles, sin and the world through the strength that he gives me.
  • Lilian
    God's words is his words for us to believe and obey. This is not a story for us to relate. Our Prayers must be completed with Thanksgiving and Praising for he is worthy to be praised and worship. Trust him and love God with all our hearts and mind in him only we can find peace, love and mercy. Thanks to the Blood of Jesus that shed for us. This is more than enough to give us life in abundance. Amen
  • Kathleen for verse 4
    This verse is the climax of being a christian. No matter is happening in this world that we are suffering, it does not move us to be what the world want us to be but to rejoice in the Lord because we have faith and trust that we will end in the LORD who is our Alpha and therefore, He will also be our Omega. We have the peace that the world cannot give. Even if we die, we die in the LORD and the Lord has shown us that there is a home and a mansion prepared for us. This world is not our permanent home. We are just here for a while. But we will be with our GOD forever. Therefore, Rejoice in the Lord alway, again i say rejoice. May the Lord bless this message in Jesus' Name. Amen

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