Philippians 4:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 4:15, NIV: Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;

Philippians 4:15, ESV: And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only.

Philippians 4:15, KJV: 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.

Philippians 4:15, NASB: You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the first preaching of the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone;

Philippians 4:15, NLT: As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this.

Philippians 4:15, CSB: And you Philippians know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone.

What does Philippians 4:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul notes that the Philippian believers were the only church to financially support him when he left Macedonia. Paul remembered their unwavering, unique support. The phrase "beginning of the gospel" is not a reference to the start of the church, but rather the initial preaching of the gospel among the Philippians. In the early days of their congregation they helped finance Paul's work, a noble action which Paul made sure to thank them for, even years later. This gift is probably the same one mentioned by Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:8, received when he was in Corinth.

Interestingly, Paul refers to their financial gifts as a "partnership with me in giving and receiving." They gave financially and received spiritual benefits. A similar relationship exists today between local churches and those they support in ministry and missionary activities. Through financial support, one local church can impact many others in faraway places through the people they assist. This support also benefits the spiritual lives of those who give.