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

  • Kae King
    I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
    Because Christ strengthens me--I can do all things.
    Everything is accomplished through Christ who strengthens me.
    Fully equipped, I can do all things because of a God who is awesome in every way.
    Accessible, loving, all knowing and faithful--He is with us always--and He strengthens us. Big, Powerful and Present--He loves us! Hallelujah!
  • John Garrett
    Through Christ, I can do all things which strengthen me.
  • Olu Adigun
    Dear beloved, I'm praying in agreement with you that God will move to sort your mortgage issues out. Remember that 'the eternal God is your Refuge and underneath you are the everlasting Arms' (Deuteronomy 33: 27) I'm sensing God saying, 'I've got this!' Come on, praiiiise the LORD!
  • Jhoilman
    Verse 6 jumped out at me this morning as I was reading I know that God doesn't put more us than we can bare, but I feel that sometimes He lets things happen to get our attention. I am going through a dark valley with our mortgage company. My prayer life wasn't what it should be and this verse as well as others may me wake up and say listen. God knows all and He just wants you to come and ask.
  • Wayne
    V. 7, And the peace of God that passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • 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

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