Philippians 4

Straining Toward the Goal

1 Therefore, my beloved and a longed-for brethren, b my joy and crown, so c stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche d to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 1 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who e labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in f the Book of Life.

4 g Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your 2 gentleness be known to all men. h The Lord is at hand. 6 i Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with j thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and k the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are l true, whatever things are m noble, whatever things are n just, o whatever things are pure, whatever things are p lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and q the God of peace will be with you.

God's Provision

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last r your 3 care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, s to be content: 12 t I know how to 4 be abased, and I know how to 5 abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things u through 6 Christ who strengthens me.

14 Nevertheless you have done well that v you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, w no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek x the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I 7 have all and abound. I am full, having received from y Epaphroditus the things sent from you, z a sweet-smelling aroma, a an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God b shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 c Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren d who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 8 you all. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Philippians 1:8
    For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
  2. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 1:14
    (as also you have understood us in part), that we are your boast as you also are ours, in the day of the Lord Jesus.
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:13
    Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
    Philippians 1:27
    Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
  4. Cross References
    Philippians 2:2
    Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
    Philippians 3:16
    Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.
  5. Cross References
    Romans 16:3
    Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 32:32
    "Yet now, if You will forgive their sin - but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."
    Luke 10:20
    "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
  7. Cross References
    Romans 12:12
    Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.
  8. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:22
    If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, ...
    Hebrews 10:25
    Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves toget...
    Hebrews 10:37
    For yet a little while, And He who is coming wi...
    James 5:7 - 9
    Therefore be patient, brethren, until the comin...
    Revelation 22:7
    "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who...
    Revelation 22:20
    He who testifies to these things says, "Surely ...
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 55:22
    Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
    Matthew 6:25
    Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
    1 Peter 5:7
    Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
  10. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 5:17
    Pray without ceasing.
    1 Thessalonians 5:18
    In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 26:3
    You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
    John 14:27
    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
    Philippians 4:9
    The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
    Colossians 3:15
    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
  12. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:25
    Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another.
  13. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 8:21
    Providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 16:20
    You shall follow what is altogether just, that you may live and inherit the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
  15. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 5:22
    Abstain from every form of evil.
    James 3:17
    But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
  16. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 13:4 - 7
    Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
  17. Cross References
    Romans 15:33
    Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
    Hebrews 13:20
    Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
  18. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:9
    And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.
    Philippians 2:30
    Because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.
  19. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 9:8
    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
    1 Timothy 6:6
    Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
    1 Timothy 6:8
    And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
    Hebrews 13:5
    Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.
  20. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 4:11
    To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.
  21. Cross References
    John 15:5
    I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
  22. Cross References
    Philippians 1:7
    Just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
  23. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:8
    I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.
    2 Corinthians 11:9
    And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.
  24. Cross References
    Titus 3:14
    And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
  25. Cross References
    Philippians 2:25
    Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need.
  26. Cross References
    Hebrews 13:16
    But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
  27. Cross References
    Romans 12:1
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    2 Corinthians 9:12
    For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 23:1
    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    2 Corinthians 9:8
    And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
  29. Cross References
    Romans 16:27
    To God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
  30. Cross References
    Galatians 1:2
    And all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:
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