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Philippians 4:12-13

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4:12 I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, 1  whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. 4:13 I am able to do all things 2  through the one 3  who strengthens me.

1 tn The words “of contentment” are not in the Greek text, but are implied by Paul’s remarks at the end of v. 11.

2 tn The Greek word translated “all things” is in emphatic position at the beginning of the Greek sentence.

3 tc Although some excellent witnesses lack explicit reference to the one strengthening Paul (so א* A B D* I 33 1739 lat co Cl), the majority of witnesses (א2 D2 [F G] Ψ 075 1881 Ï sy) add Χριστῷ (Cristw) here (thus, “through Christ who strengthens me”). But this kind of reading is patently secondary, and is a predictable variant. Further, the shorter reading is much harder, for it leaves the agent unspecified.



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