Philippians Chapter 4

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THIS chapter comprises the following points : --

I. Exhortations.

II. Solemn commands to live as became Christians.

III. The expression of a grateful acknowledgment of the favours which he had received from them; and,

IV. The customary salutations.

I. Exhortations, Phil 4:1ff.

(1.) He exhorts them to stand fast in the Lord, Phil 4:1

(2.) He entreats Euodias and Syntyche, who appear to have been alienated from each other, to be reconciled, Phil 4:2

(3.) He entreats one whom he calls a "true yokefellow" to render assistance to those women who had laboured with him in the gospel, Phil 4:3.

II. Commands, Phil 4:4ff. He commands them to rejoice in the Lord always, Phil 4:4; to let their moderation be known to all, Phil 4:5; to have no anxiety about worldly matters, but in all their necessities to go to God. Phil 4:6, Phil 4:7; and to do whatever was honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, Phil 4:8, Phil 4:9.

III. A grateful acknowledgment of their kindness, Phil 4:10ff. He says that their care of him had been manifested again, in such away as to be highly grateful to his feelings, Phil 4:10. He did not indeed say that he had suffered, for he had learned, in whatever state he was, to be content, Phil 4:11ff; but they had shown a proper spirit in endeavouring to relieve his necessities, Phil 4:14. He remarks that their church was the only one that had aided him when he was in Macedonia, and that they had sent to him more than once when he was in Thessalonica; and says that their favour now was an offering acceptable to God, who would abundantly reward them, Phil 4:15ff.

IV. Salutations, Phil 4:21ff.

This entry includes text from Barnes New Testament Notes.


1: Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. edit

2: I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. edit

3: And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. edit

4: Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. edit

5: Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. edit

6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. edit

7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. edit

8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. edit

9: Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. edit

10: But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. edit

11: Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. edit

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. edit

13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. edit

14: Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. edit

15: Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. edit

16: For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. edit

17: Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. edit

18: 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. edit

19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. edit

20: Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. edit

21: Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. edit

22: All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household. edit

23: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. edit

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