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Philippians 4:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Not that I seek gift, but I seek fruit abounding to your account.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Not that I seek after the gift, but I seek after the fruit that is to abound unto your account.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— not that I seek after the gift, but I seek after the fruit that is overflowing to your account;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Not that I seek the gift: but I seek the fruit that may abound to your account.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Not because I seek the gift, but I seek that fruit may multiply unto you.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Not that I desire a gift; but I wish fruits may multiply unto you.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
because 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
I desire 1934
{1934} Prime
From G1909 and G2212; to search (inquire) for; intensively to demand, to crave.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
a gift: 1390
{1390} Prime
From the base of G1325; a present.
but 235
{0235} Prime
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
I desire 1934
{1934} Prime
From G1909 and G2212; to search (inquire) for; intensively to demand, to crave.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
fruit 2590
{2590} Prime
Probably from the base of G0726; fruit (as plucked), literally or figuratively.
that may abound 4121
{4121} Prime
From G4119; to do, make or be more, that is, increase (transitively or intransitively); by extension to superabound.
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
to 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
your 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
account. 3056
{3056} Prime
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Philippians 4:17

_ _ a giftGreek,the gift.” Translate, “It is not that I seek after the gift, but I do seek after the fruit that aboundeth to your account”; what I do seek is your spiritual good, in the abounding of fruits of your faith which shall be put down to your account, against the day of reward (Hebrews 6:10).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Philippians 4:10-19.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Philippians 4:17

Not that I desire — For my own sake, the very gift which I receive of you.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Philippians 4:17

(10) Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

(10) He witnesses again that he admits well of their benefit, not so much for his own sake as for theirs, because they gave it not so much to him, as they offered it to God as a sacrifice, of which the Lord himself will not be forgetful.

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Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
Malachi 1:10 Who [is there] even among you that would shut the doors [for nought]? neither do ye kindle [fire] on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Acts 20:33-34 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. ... Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
1 Corinthians 9:12-15 If others be partakers of [this] power over you, [are] not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. ... But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for [it were] better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
2 Corinthians 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness:
1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.


Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Micah 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: [there is] no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Romans 15:28 When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.
2 Corinthians 9:9-13 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. ... Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for [your] liberal distribution unto them, and unto all [men];
Titus 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.


Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Matthew 10:40-42 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. ... And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ... And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
Luke 14:12-14 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor [thy] rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. ... And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
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