2 Corinthians 6:6
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New International Version
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;

New Living Translation
We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.

English Standard Version
by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love;

New American Standard Bible
in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love,

King James Bible
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,

International Standard Version
with purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; with the Holy Spirit, genuine love,

NET Bible
by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by benevolence, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
By purity, by knowledge, by endurance, by kindness, by The Spirit of Holiness, by love without deceit,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[People can see] our purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit's presence [in our lives], our sincere love,

Jubilee Bible 2000
in chastity, in knowledge, in meekness, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in unfeigned charity,

King James 2000 Bible
By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned,

American King James Version
By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

American Standard Version
in pureness, in knowledge, in long suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,

Douay-Rheims Bible
In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned,

Darby Bible Translation
in pureness, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in [the] Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,

English Revised Version
in pureness, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in the Holy Ghost, in love unfeigned,

Webster's Bible Translation
By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned,

Weymouth New Testament
by purity of life, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love;

World English Bible
in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love,

Young's Literal Translation
in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,
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 6. - By pureness; rather, in pureness, as the preposition is the same. He now gives six instances of special gifts and virtues. The "pureness" is not only "chastity," but absolute sincerity (1 John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:10). By knowledge. The knowledge is the true knowledge of the gospel in its fulness (Ephesians 3:4). In his depth of insight into the truth St. Paul was specially gifted. The word gnosis had not yet acquired the fatal connotations which afterwards discredited it. By long suffering (2 Timothy 3:10; 2 Timothy 4:2). The patient endurance of insults, of which St. Paul shows a practical specimen in this Epistle, and still more in Philippians 1:15-18. By kindness. "Love suffereth long, and is kind" (1 Corinthians 13:4); "Long suffering, kindness" (Galatians 5:22). By the Holy Ghost. To the special gift of the Spirit St. Paul attributed all his success (1 Thessalonians 1:5; Romans 15:18, 19). By love unfeigned; which is the surest fruit of the Spirit, and the best of all spiritual gifts (2 Corinthians 12:15; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 Corinthians 13; Romans 12:9, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

By pureness,.... The apostle having observed how he, and other ministers of God, showed themselves to be such by patiently bearing everything that was afflictive and distressing to the outward man, proceeds to show how they approved themselves in other respects; and which more chiefly regard the inward man, the exercise of grace, and a spiritual behaviour: "by pureness"; of doctrine and conversation, chastity of body and mind, sincerity of heart, and integrity of life:

by knowledge; of the Scriptures of truth, the mysteries of grace; or by a prudent conduct, a walking in wisdom with caution and circumspection:

by longsuffering: not easily provoked to wrath, but bearing with patience every indignity and affront:

by kindness; gentleness, sweetness of temper and manners, affability and courteousness:

by the Holy Ghost; influencing and assisting in the exercise of every grace, and the discharge of every duty, or by the gifts of the Holy Ghost, ordinary and extraordinary:

by love unfeigned; without dissimulation, being not in word only, but in deed and in truth towards the brethren, and to all men.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. By … by, &c.—rather, as Greek, "In … in," implying not the instrument, but the sphere or element in which his ministry moved.

knowledge—spiritual: in Gospel mysteries, unattainable by mere reason (1Co 2:6-16; 2Co 3:6, 17, 18).

long-suffering … kindness—associated with "charity" or "love" (1Co 13:4), as here.

by the Holy Ghost—in virtue of His influences which produce these graces, and other gifts, "love unfeigned" being the foremost of them.

2 Corinthians 6:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
5in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, 6in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, 7in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,…
Cross References
Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

1 Corinthians 2:4
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power,

1 Corinthians 12:8
To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,

2 Corinthians 1:23
I call God as my witness--and I stake my life on it--that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth.

2 Corinthians 2:10
Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,

2 Corinthians 11:6
I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

2 Corinthians 13:10
This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority--the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Thessalonians 1:5
because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

James 3:17
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
Treasury of Scripture

By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

pureness.

2 Corinthians 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we …

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly …

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

1 Timothy 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

Titus 2:7 In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine …

knowledge.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have …

1 Corinthians 2:1,2,16 And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with excellency of …

Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery …

Colossians 1:9,10,27 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

long suffering.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 4:2,32 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

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

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

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

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

by the.

2 Corinthians 3:3 For as much as you are manifestly declared to be the letter of Christ …

2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, …

Romans 15:19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; …

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's …

Galatians 3:2,5 This only would I learn of you, Received you the Spirit by the works …

1 Thessalonians 1:5,6 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

love.

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with …

2 Corinthians 11:11 Why? because I love you not? God knows.

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more …

Judges 16:15 And she said to him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but …

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