Philippians 4:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 4:18, NIV: I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:18, ESV: I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:18, 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.

Philippians 4:18, NASB: But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:18, NLT: At the moment I have all I need--and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.

Philippians 4:18, CSB: But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided--a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.

What does Philippians 4:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse adds additional details about the gifts Paul received through Epaphroditus. Paul clearly received some money, enough for him to consider himself more than fully paid. The use of "gifts," in plural form, also suggests that multiple items were given. Beyond money, Paul was probably sent other helpful items. Though unknown, these other gifts may have involved food, clothing, supplies, or personal items meant to assist Paul in his work. Writing instruments, ink, and other tools would have been especially useful to Paul at this point in his ministry.

Paul calls these gifts "a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God." Just as proper Old Testament offerings were considered acceptable sacrifices that pleased God, the Philippians' gifts to Paul provided God the same satisfaction. Believers no longer lived under the requirements of the sacrificial system, but could bring joy to the Lord through other expressions of worship such as their sharing of gifts and resources with Paul.