Philippians 4:14-23

14 Yet it was kind of you 1to share[a] my trouble.
15 And you Philippians yourselves know that 2in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, 3no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.
16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
17 4Not that I seek the gift, but I seek 5the fruit that increases to your credit.[b]
18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, 6having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, 7a fragrant offering, 8a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
19 And my God 9will supply every need of yours 10according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To 11our God and Father be 12glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. 13The brothers who are with me greet you.
22 14All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.
23 15The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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Philippians 4:14-23 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains exhortations to various duties becoming Christians, the apostle's thankfulness to the Philippians for their present to him, and the conclusion of the epistle with the salutations of the brethren: in Php 4:1; the apostle exhorts the saints with great affection to perseverance in the doctrine and faith of Christ; and in Php 4:2; mentions some persons by name, and to whom he recommends unity and agreement; and in Php 4:3; entreats others to assist them therein; and in Php 4:4; exhorts them all in general to joy in the Lord, and to moderation, enforced by this argument, the Lord being at hand, Php 4:5; and to calmness and quietness of mind, and to prayer, and supplication, with thanksgiving, Php 4:6; to which they are encouraged, by the promise of having the peace of God, keeping their minds through Christ, Php 4:7; and to conclude, he exhorts them to everything that is virtuous had commendable; to which he stimulates them, from the consideration of the nature of the things themselves, from his own example, and from the presence of God with them, they might expect to enjoy, Php 4:8,9; and then he proceeds to take notice of the kindness of the Philippians to him, declares his joy on account of it, and expresses it by their care of him again; which he corrects, by observing that it was not for want of care in them before, but of opportunity of showing it, Php 4:10; nor did he take notice of this present of theirs, with so much exultation on account of his own penury, for he had learnt the great lesson of contentment in every state, Php 4:11; which he enlarges upon and explains; namely, that he had been taught, and knew how to behave in fulness and want, in prosperity and adversity; though this was not owing to himself, but to the power and strength of Christ, Php 4:12,13; however, he commends the Philippians for their communicating to him in his affliction, both at the first preaching of the Gospel to them, and at several times since, Php 4:14-16, the reason of which commendation was not because he was covetous of gifts and presents from them, but to encourage them to bring forth fruit, which would turn to their own advantage, Php 4:17; as for himself he had enough, and therefore said not this on his own account, but because such communication was a sacrifice well pleasing to God, and a return would be made by him; who, as he was able to supply all their need, would; of which he assures them, and for which he prays, Php 4:17-19, and to whom he gives the glory of what they had given, and he had received, Php 4:20; and then the epistle is concluded with the salutation of the apostle, and the saints, and brethren with him, and with his usual benediction, Php 4:21,22.

Cross References 15

  • 1. [Philippians 1:7; Revelation 1:9]
  • 2. Philippians 1:5
  • 3. 2 Corinthians 11:8, 9
  • 4. [2 Corinthians 9:5]
  • 5. Romans 1:13; [Titus 3:14]
  • 6. Philippians 2:25
  • 7. See Genesis 8:21
  • 8. Hebrews 13:16
  • 9. Psalms 23:1; 2 Corinthians 9:8
  • 10. See Romans 2:4
  • 11. Galatians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:11, 13
  • 12. Galatians 1:5; See Romans 11:36
  • 13. Galatians 1:2
  • 14. 2 Corinthians 13:13
  • 15. See Romans 16:20

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or have fellowship in
  • [b]. Or I seek the profit that accrues to your account
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