2 Corinthians 6:4
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New International Version
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

New Living Translation
In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.

English Standard Version
but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,

New American Standard Bible
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

King James Bible
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But as God's ministers, we commend ourselves in everything: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by difficulties,

International Standard Version
Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities;

NET Bible
But as God's servants, we have commended ourselves in every way, with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But in everything we shall show ourselves to be Ministers of God: by much patience, by sufferings, by distresses, by imprisonments,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, our lives demonstrate that we are God's servants. We have endured many things: suffering, distress, anxiety,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But in all things showing ourselves as the ministers of God in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,

King James 2000 Bible
But in all things presenting ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

American King James Version
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

American Standard Version
but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses,

Darby Bible Translation
but in everything commending ourselves as God's ministers, in much endurance, in afflictions, in necessities, in straits,

English Revised Version
but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Webster's Bible Translation
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Weymouth New Testament
On the contrary, as God's servants, we seek their full approval--by unwearied endurance, by afflictions, by distress, by helplessness;

World English Bible
but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

Young's Literal Translation
but in everything recommending ourselves as God's ministrants; in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-10 The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. The gospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. The morrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let all be careful not to neglect it. Ministers of the gospel should look upon themselves as God's servants, and act in every thing suitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patience in afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by due temper and behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the grace of God, to arm them against temptations, so as to bear the good report of men without pride; and so as to bear their reproaches with patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess all things in Christ. Of such differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is our way to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approve ourselves to God. The gospel, when faithfully preached, and fully received, betters the condition even of the poorest. They save what before they riotously spent, and diligently employ their time to useful purposes. They save and gain by religion, and thus are made rich, both for the world to come and for this, when compared with their sinful, profligate state, before they received the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Approving ourselves; rather, commending ourselves, He is again referring to the insinuation, which had evidently caused him deep pain, that he was not authorized to preach, as his Judaic opponents were, by "letters of commendation" (2 Corinthians 3:1-3) from James or from the ciders at Jerusalem. His credentials came from God, who had enabled him to be so faithful. As the ministers of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). The article should be omitted. In much patience. Christ had forewarned his apostles that they would have much to endure, and had strengthened them by the promise that "he that endureth to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 10:22). In afflictions. This word, as we have seen, is one of the haunting words in 2 Corinthians 1:4-11. In necessities. St, Paul was poor, and was often in want (Acts 20:34). In distresses. The same word which occurs in 2 Corinthians 4:8. It means "extreme pressure" (literally, narrowness of space), and is a climax of the other words.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But in all things approving ourselves,.... It is not sufficient for a minister of the Gospel to avoid everything that might bring any blot or scandal on his ministry; but he should in all things, and by all ways and means, proper, lawful, and laudable, approve, prove, and show himself to be a true and faithful dispenser of the word. All in such an office ought to make it appear, that they are such by behaving and conducting

as the ministers of God; as becomes such, whom he has chosen, called, and fitted for that service; and particularly in, or

by much patience; by a large, constant, and continued exercise of that grace; and by bearing patiently many things for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel, without murmuring at the hand of God, or being angry with men, and without fainting and sinking in their own spirits:

in afflictions; that is, in patiently bearing, them. This word may be considered as a general word, including all sorts of afflictions whatever, of which the following are particular species:

in necessities; want of food, drink, and raiment, being hungry, thirsty, and naked, as the apostles sometimes were: in distresses; both of bad mind; being in such straits and difficulties they know not where to look, what course to steer, or which way to turn themselves.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Translate, to mark the true order of the Greek words, "in everything, as God's ministers recommending ourselves," that is, that our hearers may give our message a favorable hearing, through our consistency in every respect, not that they may glorify us. Alluding to 2Co 3:1, he implies, We commend ourselves, not like them by word, but by deed.

patience—(2Co 12:12). Put first. "Pure-minded" follows (2Co 6:6). Three triplets of trials exercising the "patience" (patient endurance) follow: Afflictions (or "tribulations"), necessities, distresses (or "straits"); stripes, imprisonments, tumults; labors, watchings, fastings. The first triplet expresses afflictions generally; the second, those in particular arising from the violence of men; the third, those which he brought on himself directly or indirectly.

2 Corinthians 6:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
3giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, 4but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger,…
Cross References
John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Acts 9:16
I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness brings out God's righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.)

1 Corinthians 3:5
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

2 Corinthians 4:8
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

2 Corinthians 11:23
Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Timothy 2:24
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Treasury of Scripture

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

in all.

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 7:11 For behold this selfsame thing, that you sorrowed after a godly sort, …

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved …

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and …

Romans 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' …

1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we …

1 Thessalonians 2:3-11 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile…

1 Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue …

approving. Gr. commending.

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

as.

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of …

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Isaiah 61:6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you …

Joel 1:9 The meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house …

Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch …

1 Corinthians 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, …

1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall …

in much.

2 Corinthians 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were worked among you in all patience, …

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

Romans 5:3,4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 3:10 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, …

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

James 5:7-10 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and …

Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you …

afflictions.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

Acts 20:23,24 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

1 Thessalonians 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves …

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

2 Timothy 3:11,12 Persecutions, afflictions, which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, …

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an …

necessities.

2 Corinthians 11:9,27 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, …

Acts 20:34 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my …

1 Corinthians 4:11,12 Even to this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, …

Philippians 4:11,12 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever …

distresses.

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, …

Romans 8:35,36 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

1 Thessalonians 3:7 Therefore, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our affliction …

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