Philippians 4:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 4:17, NIV: Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.

Philippians 4:17, ESV: Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.

Philippians 4:17, KJV: Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

Philippians 4:17, NASB: Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek the profit which increases to your account.

Philippians 4:17, NLT: I don't say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness.

Philippians 4:17, CSB: Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that is increasing to your account.

What does Philippians 4:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul clarifies his thanks for their gifts in this verse. The focus of his gratitude was not merely the money itself, but rather the blessings upon the Philippians for their generosity. We are told God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). Those who sow (give) bountifully will also reap (receive) bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6). This does not mean believers "give to get," but that God is pleased when His people donate toward His work.

The apostle has already spoken of life being focused on things above (Philippians 3). In this chapter, Paul focuses on how finances can help regarding heavenly realities. A Christian's finances can be used to help others come to know Christ, support Christians leaders, and result in blessings upon those who give. Finances can also be used to help those in need (Proverbs 19:17) and meet the needs of one's family and those in the church (Acts 2:45; 1 Timothy 5:8).