Philippians 4:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 4:13, NIV: "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13, ESV: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13, KJV: "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Philippians 4:13, NASB: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13, NLT: "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13, CSB: "I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me."

What does Philippians 4:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Despite his frequent need, and harsh treatment, Paul joyfully declares his confidence that God will allow him to endure anything. Paul's words reflected the Gospel teachings that nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 19:26; Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37). Paul had declared elsewhere that if God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?

This perspective can also be found in the Old Testament. Jeremiah 32:17 notes that nothing is too hard for the Lord. Job 42:2 declares God can do anything. God's closest followers have long known that with God, nothing is impossible, whether Abraham's promised son Isaac, the people of Israel crossing the Red Sea, or the people entering the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua. God provides on time, in His time, every time. Paul's confidence can be found throughout his writings (2 Corinthians 3:4; 7:16; 8:22; 10:2; 11:17; Galatians 5:10; Ephesians 3:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:4).

This verse can, however, be taken out of context. Paul's comment is specifically referring to the ability of a Christian to endure under hardship and persecution. Despite well-meaning use of the words, this text does not teach that a Christian is empowered to accomplish any task simply because they are saved.