2 Peter 1:6
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New International Version
and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

New Living Translation
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,

English Standard Version
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

Berean Study Bible
and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;

Berean Literal Bible
and into knowledge self-control, and into self-control endurance, and into endurance godliness,

New American Standard Bible
and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,

King James Bible
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,

International Standard Version
your knowledge with self-control, your self-control with endurance, your endurance with godliness,

NET Bible
to knowledge, self-control; to self-control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But unto knowledge, perseverance, and unto perseverance, patience, and to patience, the worship of God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness;

New American Standard 1977
and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and in knowledge, temperance; and in temperance, patience; and in patience, fear of God;

King James 2000 Bible
And to knowledge self control; and to self control patience; and to patience godliness;

American King James Version
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

American Standard Version
and in your knowledge self-control; and in your'self-control patience; and in your patience godliness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in knowledge, abstinence; and in abstinence, patience; and in patience, godliness;

Darby Bible Translation
in knowledge temperance, in temperance endurance, in endurance godliness,

English Revised Version
and in your knowledge temperance; and in your temperance patience; and in your patience godliness;

Webster's Bible Translation
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

Weymouth New Testament
along with knowledge, self-control; along with self-control, power of endurance;

World English Bible
and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness;

Young's Literal Translation
and in the knowledge the temperance, and in the temperance the endurance, and in the endurance the piety,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-11 Faith unites the weak believer to Christ, as really as it does the strong one, and purifies the heart of one as truly as of another; and every sincere believer is by his faith justified in the sight of God. Faith worketh godliness, and produces effects which no other grace in the soul can do. In Christ all fulness dwells, and pardon, peace, grace, and knowledge, and new principles, are thus given through the Holy Spirit. The promises to those who are partakers of a Divine nature, will cause us to inquire whether we are really renewed in the spirit of our minds; let us turn all these promises into prayers for the transforming and purifying grace of the Holy Spirit. The believer must add knowledge to his virtue, increasing acquaintance with the whole truth and will of God. We must add temperance to knowledge; moderation about worldly things; and add to temperance, patience, or cheerful submission to the will of God. Tribulation worketh patience, whereby we bear all calamities and crosses with silence and submission. To patience we must add godliness: this includes the holy affections and dispositions found in the true worshipper of God; with tender affection to all fellow Christians, who are children of the same Father, servants of the same Master, members of the same family, travellers to the same country, heirs of the same inheritance. Wherefore let Christians labour to attain assurance of their calling, and of their election, by believing and well-doing; and thus carefully to endeavour, is a firm argument of the grace and mercy of God, upholding them so that they shall not utterly fall. Those who are diligent in the work of religion, shall have a triumphant entrance into that everlasting kingdom where Christ reigns, and they shall reign with him for ever and ever; and it is in the practice of every good work that we are to expect entrance to heaven.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - And to knowledge temperance; rather, self-control (ἐγκράτεια). The words ἐκράτεια ψυχῆς are the heading of a section in the Greek of Ecclus. 18:30, and are followed immediately by the maxim, "Go not after thy lusts, but refrain thyself from thine appetites." This self-control extends over the whole of life, and consists in the government of all the appetites; it must be learned in the exercise of that practical knowledge which discerns between good and evil. True knowledge leads on to self-control, to that perfect freedom which consists in the service of God; not to that liberty promised by the false teachers, which is licentiousness. And to temperance patience; and to patience godliness. The practice of self-control will result in patient endurance; but that endurance will not be mere stoicism; it will be a conscious submission of our human will to the holy will of God, and so will tend to develop and strengthen εὐσέβεια, reverence and piety towards God (see note on verse 3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And to knowledge, temperance,.... Avoiding all excess in eating and drinking, and all impure and unclean lusts; for it signifies nothing what a man knows, or professes to know, if his life is a scene of intemperance and debauchery: this seems to be levelled against the followers or Simon Magus, who ascertained salvation to knowledge, though the life was ever so impure, Moreover, this may include abstinence, not only from hurtful lusts, but from the use of things indifferent, when the peace and comfort of a weak brother are endangered; for then to knowledge must be added love, otherwise that knowledge will not be right, at least not rightly used; see 1 Corinthians 8:1,

and to temperance, patience; which is necessary to the running of the Christian race, which is attended with many difficulties and exercises; and under affliction from the hand of God, that there be no murmuring nor repining; and under reproaches and persecutions from men, that they faint not, and are not discouraged by them; and in the expectation of the heavenly glory: this is proper to be superadded to the former, because there may be intemperance in passion, as well as in the use of the creatures; a man may be inebriated with wrath and anger, and overcome with impatience, as well as with wine and strong drink:

and to patience, godliness; either internal, which is distinguished from bodily exercise, or outward worship, and lies in the inward and powerful exercise of grace, as faith, hope, love, fear, &c. and the Syriac version here renders it, "the fear of God": or rather external, and intends the whole worship of God, as prayer, praise, hearing of the word, and attendance on all ordinances.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Greek, "And in your knowledge self-control." In the exercise of Christian knowledge or discernment of God's will, let there be the practical fruit of self-control as to one's lusts and passions. Incontinence weakens the mind; continence, or self-control, moves weakness and imparts strength And in your self-control patient endurance" amidst sufferings, so much dwelt on in the First Epistle, second, third, and fourth chapters. "And in your patient endurance godliness"; it is not to be mere stoical endurance, but united to [and flowing from] God-trusting [Alford].

2 Peter 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Make Your Calling Sure
5Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.…
Cross References
Luke 21:19
Stand firm, and you will win life.

Acts 24:25
As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, "That's enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you."

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Treasury of Scripture

And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;


Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to …

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Titus 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in …


Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because …

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

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

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

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

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning…

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

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

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your …

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the …

Hebrews 6:12,15 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

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

James 1:3,4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience…

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 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …

Revelation 13:10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills …

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments …


2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain …

2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner …

Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

1 Timothy 2:2,10 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

1 Timothy 4:7,8 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather …

1 Timothy 6:3,6,11 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according …

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