Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
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.
Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
 

4:14 communicate. By “communicate with my affliction,” Paul means “share [financially] with my pressures.” Only the Philippian church had sent this type of help to Paul, despite their own poverty (Philippians 4:15).

4:17 fruit. Thus spiritual “fruit” includes financial gifts to those of God’s servants spreading His Word and also to fellow believers in difficult circumstances.

4:17 account. “Account” is the Greek logos. “Testimony” is a better meaning here.

4:19 your need. That is, “your business,” or necessities for the business of the kingdom. Those who freely give will also receive (like the Philippians)—not their wants, but all they need for their service for Christ.


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