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

  • Tamara gaines
    But my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory truly Jehovah is a provider he will give you what you need. Ask and it shall be given seek and ye shall find.
  • Lilian
    Not that I speak in respect of want for I have learned and know the state i am herewith to be content . Jesus words gives us life and peace that passes through understanding help me Jesus to understand your words I will praise you and worship you forever amen
  • Rachel Predeepa
    Do what you have to do from your stand and rest in the Lord in content and not aspiring through wrong for what is not of yours and wait for that to reach you in His time through your honest efforts.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 3:17 but whoso hath this worlds good and seeth his brother have need and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him --- how dwelleth the love of GOD in him --- ROMANS 15:26 for it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem 2 CORINTHIANS 8:13 for I mean not that other men be eased and you be burdened --8:14-- but by an equality that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want that their abundance also may be a supply for your want --- that there may be equality ---
  • Kevin
    I find it interesting that in 4:6 the word "careful" is replaced in my bible (NKJV) with "anxious". "Anxious" explains it to me better than "careful". I didn't understand the usage of "careful" in this context.
  • Kelechi
    SELF-EXAMINATION.....LOOKINNG UNTO GOD REDEEMING THE TIME, ALWAYS WITH THE WORK OF GOD.......DOING HIS WILL AND LIVING WITH CONTENT.ALWAYS BEING GRATEFUL