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

  • Steve morrow
    ecclesiastes 7:19 wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city proverbs 24:5 a wise man is strong yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength 1 peter 5:10 but the GOD of all grace who hath called us unto HIS eternal glory by CHRIST JESUS after that you have suffered a while make you perfect stablish strengthen settle you 2 Corinthians 12:9 and HE said ---MY---grace is sufficient for thee for MY strength is made perfect in weakness most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of CHRIST may rest upon me psalm 31:24 be of good courage and HE shall strengthen your heart all you that hope in the LORD PSALM 119:28 MY SOUL MELTETH FOR HEAVINESS STRENGTHEN THOU ME ACCORDING UNTO THY WORD
  • Steve morrow
    matthew 19:26 but JESUS beheld them and said unto them with men this is impossible but with GOD all things are possible --- ACTS 13:10 AND SAID O FULL OF ALL SUBTILTY AND ALL MISCHIEF THOU CHILD OF THE devil THOU ENEMY OF ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS WILT THOU NOT CEASE TO PERVERT THE RIGHT WAYS OF THE LORD --- proverbs 24:4 and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches 24:5 a wise man is strong yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength ROMANS 10:2 FOR I BEAR THEM RECORD THAT THEY HAVE A ZEAL OF GOD BUT NOT ACCORDING TO KNOWLEDGE ---- 1 JOHN 5:14 AND THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL HE HEARETH US
  • Lilian
    I can do all things thru Christ which God strengtheneth me. All things are possible with God we only need to trust his will. For God's thoughts and his ways are higher than us. Jesus knows when and what to provide in any situation. Lets give thanks to the blood of a Lamb and praise Jesus for he is worthy. I love you Jesus help me to be born again all the days of my life Amen
  • Mainasara Noma
    I think what the writer of this book was moved by the Spirit to write is fully captured in chapter 4.
    Am concentrate on vrs. 18, which shows a wealthy church, that is fully contented in all things, and shares all things in common with the saints that are in need. Lesson learned is that I should seek to trust God with my need, and be grateful always!!!
  • Sylvia
    Our God is an awesome God. HE reigns from the heavens above. "Rejoice in the LORD always again I say Rejoice" Phil. 4:4. HALLELUJAH!! HE is worthy to be praised.
  • Irene123
    V. 8 - His Word is - True, Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, of Good report, of Virtue, Worthy of our Praise
    THINK ON HIS WORD

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