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Philippians 4:18

    Philippians 4:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, and odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I have all things and more than enough: I am made full, having had from Epaphroditus the things which came from you, a perfume of a sweet smell, an offering well pleasing to God.

    Webster's Revision

    But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, and odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.

    World English Bible

    But I have all things, and abound. I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, a sweet-smelling fragrance, an acceptable and well-pleasing sacrifice to God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 4:18

    I have all - Ye have now sent me so much by Epaphroditus, that I abound in all the necessaries of life.

    Having received - the things - Probably a supply of clothes and such like necessaries, as well as of money.

    An odor of a sweet smell - Alluding to the sacrifices offered up under the law. With what ye have done to me, his servant, God is well pleased. See Ephesians 5:2, and the note there.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 4:18

    But I have all - Margin, "or, have received." The phrase here is equivalent to, "I have received everything. I have all I want, and desire no more." He was entirely satisfied. What they had sent to him is, of course, now unknown. It is sufficient to know, that it was of such a nature as to make his situation comfortable.

    I am full - I have enough, This is a strong expression, denoting that nothing was lacking.

    Having received of Epaphroditus - see the notes at Philippians 2:25.

    An odour of a sweet smell - This does not mean that it was such an odor to Paul, but to God. He regarded it as an offering which they had made to God himself; and he was persuaded that he would regard it as acceptable to him. They had doubtless made the offering, not merely from personal friendship for Paul, but because he was a minister of Christ, and from love for his cause; and Paul felt assured that this offering would be acceptable to him; compare Matthew 10:41-42. The word "odor" refers properly to the pleasant fragrance produced in the temple by the burning of incense; notes on Luke 1:9. On the meaning of the word rendered "a sweet smell," - εὐωδία euōdia - see the notes at 2 Corinthians 2:15. The whole language here is taken from an act of worship; and the apostle regarded what he had received from the Philippians as in fact a thank-offering to God, and a presented with the spirit of true devotion to him. It was not, indeed, a formal act of worship; but it was acceptable to God as an expression of their regard for his cause.

    A sacrifice acceptable - Acceptable to God; compare Hebrews 13:16; notes, Romans 12:1.

    Well-pleasing to God - Because it evinced a regard for true religion. Hence, learn:

    (1) that kindness done to the ministers of the gospel is regarded as an acceptable offering to God.

    (2) that kindness to the servants of God in distress and want, is as well-pleasing to God as direct acts of worship.

    (3) that such acts of benevolence are evidences of attachment to the cause of religion, and are proofs of genuine piety; notes, Matthew 10:42.

    Wesley's Notes on Philippians 4:18

    4:18 An odour of a sweet smell - More pleasing to God than the sweetest perfumes to men.