2 Corinthians 6:9
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New International Version
known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;

New Living Translation
We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed.

English Standard Version
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed;

New American Standard Bible
as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death,

King James Bible
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look--we live; as being disciplined yet not killed;

International Standard Version
as unknown and yet well-known, as dying and yet—as you see—very much alive, as punished and yet not killed,

NET Bible
as unknown, and yet well-known; as dying and yet--see!--we continue to live; as those who are scourged and yet not executed;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As if unknown and we are known, as if we are dying, and behold, we live, as if we are punished and we are not dying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
as unknown although we are well-known, as dying although, as you see, we go on living. We are punished, but we are not killed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, but, behold, we live; as chastened, but not killed;

King James 2000 Bible
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

American King James Version
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

American Standard Version
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

Douay-Rheims Bible
As dying, and behold we live; as chastised, and not killed;

Darby Bible Translation
as unknown, and well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as disciplined, and not put to death;

English Revised Version
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

Webster's Bible Translation
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

Weymouth New Testament
as obscure persons, and yet are well known; as on the point of death, and yet, strange to tell, we live; as under God's discipline, and yet we are not deprived of life;

World English Bible
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed;

Young's Literal Translation
as unknown, and recognized; as dying, and lo, we live; as chastened, and not put to death;
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 9. - As unknown; literally, as being ignored; as those whom no one cares to recognize. And yet well known. "And becoming fully recognized." "Recognized" by God (1 Corinthians 13:12), and ultimately by all good men (2 Corinthians 11:6), though they might be contemptuously ignored by men. As dying (2 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 4:10, 11). Behold. The word calls attention to what seemed like a daily miracle. The paradox of the Greek tragedian -

"Who knows if life be death, and death be life?" which seemed so supremely amusing to Aristophanes and the wits of Athens, became a familiar fact to the early Christians (Romans 8:36; 1 Corinthians 15:31; Ephesians 2:5, 6; Colossians 2:13, etc.). As chastened. The daily Divine education of suffering (Psalm 118:18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As unknown, and yet well known,.... Not unknown to Father, Son, and Spirit, or to one another, but to the world; and that not with respect to their outward estate, but their spiritual and eternal state; as that they were the chosen of God, the children of God, and born again; they knew not what a life they lived, or what they lived upon; and as they were unacquainted with their inward troubles, they were strangers to their spiritual joys here, and to what they shall partake of hereafter. Moreover, something more may be intended in this word "unknown"; as that they were not owned, esteemed, and approved of by them, but slighted, despised, hated, and persecuted:

and yet well known; to God the Father, who loved them with an everlasting love, chose them in Christ, gave them to him, made a covenant with him on their account, and sent his Son to redeem them, which knowledge of them is special, eternal, affectionate, approbative, and attended with care of them; well known to Jesus Christ, who knows all that are his, specially, distinctly, perfectly, and that from everlasting, bears a strong affection for them, takes great care of them, indulges them with intimate communion with him, and openly owns and acknowledges them as his own; well known to the Spirit of God, who enlightened and quickened them, regenerated and sanctified them, wrought faith and every other grace in them, witnessed their adoption to them, led them into all truth, filled and furnished them with his gifts, and dwelt in them, and abode with them, as the seal and earnest of their future glory; and were well known to the saints, and one another: they loved each other, delighted in each other's company; they knew each other's experiences, joys, and sorrows, and, in some measure, their hearts, and even their spiritual and eternal estate.

As dying, and behold we live. They were as dying men, having the seeds of mortality in them, being subject to diseases, which bring on death; and especially as they carried about with them the dying of the Lord Jesus, were continually exposed to death, and in danger of it, lived in the views of it, had the sentence of it in themselves, and were appointed to it. And "behold", to admiration "we live"; a natural life, which we have from God, depends upon hint, and is preserved by him amidst a thousand dangers and enemies to which it is exposed; and we live a spiritual life, a life of grace from Christ, a life of faith on him, and communion with him.

As chastened and not killed; "chastened" by men, and chastened by God; not in a way of vindictive wrath, but in a fatherly manner; but "not killed", or put to a corporeal death by our persecutors, who have sought to take away our lives, but have not yet been suffered to do it: or by the Lord, by the means of afflictions, the messengers of death; these sometimes bring very near it, and God chastens by them, but does not as yet give over to death, because our time is not yet come, and our work not yet done.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. unknown … yet well known—"unknown" in our true character to those who "evil report" of us, "well known" to those who hold us in "good report" (2Co 6:8). Conybeare explains, "Unknown by men, yet acknowledged by God" (1Co 13:12). Perhaps both God and men (believers) are intended as knowing him (2Co 5:11; 11:6).

dying … live—(2Co 1:9; 4:10, 11; 11:23). Compare Gaussen's remark, see on [2314]2Co 6:5. "Behold" calls attention to the fact as something beyond all expectation.

chastened … not killed—realizing Ps 118:18.

2 Corinthians 6:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
8by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; 9as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.…
Cross References
Psalm 118:18
The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

Romans 8:36
As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

2 Corinthians 1:8
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.

2 Corinthians 1:10
He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,

2 Corinthians 4:11
For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
Treasury of Scripture

As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

unknown.

Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

Acts 21:37,38 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said to the chief captain, …

Acts 25:14,15,19,26 And when they had been there many days, Festus declared Paul's cause …

1 Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

well.

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

2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we …

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

Acts 19:26 Moreover you see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost …

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

Galatians 1:22-24 And was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea which were in Christ…

behold.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which …

2 Corinthians 4:10,11 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that …

Romans 8:36 As it is written, For your sake we are killed all the day long; we …

1 Corinthians 4:9 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily.

as chastened.

Psalm 118:17,18 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD…

1 Corinthians 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should …

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