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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Philippians 4

Verse 1

Philippians 4:0

Philippians 4:2,Philippians 4:3. Of the persons or occurrences here referred to, nothing is known beyond what is implied in these allusions.

Verse 5

Verse 5

Moderation; mildness and gentleness of character.

Verse 10

Verse 10

Hath flourished; has been brought into action; referring to the supply which he had received from them through Epaphroditus. (Philippians 4:18.)--Ye were also; ye always have been. The idea is, that he did not doubt that they had always entertained the same affectionate regard for him, but until then they had had no opportunity to evince it.

Verse 12

Verse 12

To be abased,--in respect to his temporal condition; that is, to be in want.--I am instructed--to be; I am trained to be; that is, I am habituated to it.

Verse 17

Verse 17

Not because, &c.; that is, he mentions these things not because, &c.

Verse 18

Verse 18

An odor of a sweet smell; a token of remembrance which was very highly gratifying to him.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on Philippians 4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ain/philippians-4.html. 1878.