Philippians 4:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 4:14, NIV: Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

Philippians 4:14, ESV: Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.

Philippians 4:14, KJV: Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

Philippians 4:14, NASB: Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my difficulty.

Philippians 4:14, NLT: Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

Philippians 4:14, CSB: Still, you did well by partnering with me in my hardship.

What does Philippians 4:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Even though Paul was confident in God's provision for his needs, he expressed thanks to his readers for their concern. Their acts of generosity were a way of taking some of Paul's hardship on themselves. And, of course, their acts were the way God fulfilled His promise to provide. Their kindness was an expression of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23) and reflected Paul's teachings elsewhere regarding kindness to others (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12; 2 Timothy 2:24; Titus 2:5).

It's important to note that the Philippians shared, or had fellowship with, Paul's trouble. Galatians 6:2 teaches, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." These believers sought to share in Paul's struggles and supplied resources to help. Paul's "troubles" included marks on his body from being beaten for his faith (Galatians 6:17). Paul's one other use of "trouble" in Philippians is in 3:1 where he says it is "no trouble" to write to them. Regardless of the trials Paul faced, his attitude toward God, as well as the assistance provided by other believers, helped him to continue to persevere.