2 Peter 1:7
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New International Version
and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

New Living Translation
and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

English Standard Version
and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

Berean Study Bible
and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.

Berean Literal Bible
and into godliness brotherly affection, and into brotherly affection love.

New American Standard Bible
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

King James Bible
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

International Standard Version
your godliness with brotherly kindness, and your brotherly kindness with love.

NET Bible
to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love.

New Heart English Bible
and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But unto the worship of God, the affection of the brotherhood, but unto affection of the brotherhood, love.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love.

New American Standard 1977
and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and in fear of God, brotherly love; and in brotherly love, charity.

King James 2000 Bible
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness love.

American King James Version
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

American Standard Version
and in your godliness brotherly kindness; and in your brotherly kindness love.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in godliness, love of brotherhood; and in love of brotherhood, charity.

Darby Bible Translation
in godliness brotherly love, in brotherly love love:

English Revised Version
and in your godliness love of the brethren; and in your love of the brethren love.

Webster's Bible Translation
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

Weymouth New Testament
along with power of endurance, godliness; along with godliness, brotherly affection; and along with brotherly affection, love.

World English Bible
and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.

Young's Literal Translation
and in the piety the brotherly kindness, and in the brotherly kindness the love;
Study Bible
Partakers of the Divine Nature
6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities and continue to grow in them, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.

1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth, so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.
Treasury of Scripture

And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

brotherly.

John 13:34,35 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, …

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

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

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

1 John 3:14,16 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

charity.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love …

(7) And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.--And in your godliness [supply] love of the brethren, and in your love of the brethren, charity. In other words, your godliness must not be selfish and solitary, but social and Christian; for he who loveth God must love his brother also (1John 4:20-21). And though "charity begins at home" with "them who are of the household of faith," it must not end there, but reach out to all men, whether Christians or not. (Comp. 1Thessalonians 3:12; Galatians 6:10.) The translation "brotherly kindness" is a little to be regretted; it obscures the exact meaning of the Word, and also the fact that the very same word is used in 1Peter 1:22. "Love of the brethren" means love of Christians as such, as members of the same great family, as God's adopted children. "Charity" means love of men as such, as creatures made in the likeness of God, as souls for which Christ died. The word for "charity" is emphatically Christian love; not mere natural benevolence.

Each in this noble chain of virtues prepares the way for the next, and is supplemented and perfected by it. It begins with faith, and it ends (like St. Paul's list of virtues, Colossians 3:12-14) with charity. But we must not insist too strongly upon the order in the series, as being either logically or chronologically necessary. It is a natural order that is here given, but not the only one. These three verses are the First Epistle condensed. Each one of the virtues mentioned here is represented quite distinctly in 1 Peter: virtue, 1Peter 1:13; knowledge, 1Peter 3:15; self-control, 1Peter 1:14; 1Peter 2:11; patience, 1Peter 1:6; 1Peter 2:21; godliness, 1Peter 1:15-16; 1Peter 3:4; love of the brethren, 1Peter 1:22; 1Peter 3:8; charity, 1Peter 4:8. The list of virtues given in the Epistle of Barnabas 2 runs thus:--Faith, fear, patience, long - suffering, temperance, wisdom, prudence, science, knowledge. The very slight amount of similarity affords no ground for supposing that the writer was acquainted with 2 Peter.

Verse 7. - And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. The word for "brotherly kindness" (φιλαδελφία) is another link between the two Epistles (see 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Peter 3:8). "In your godliness," St. Peter says, "ye must develop brotherly kindness, the unfeigned love of the brethren;" for "every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him" (1 John 5:1). And as God is loving unto every man, and "maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good," so Christians, who are taught to be followers (imitators) of God (Ephesians 5:1), must learn in the exercise of love toward the brethren that larger love which embraces all men in an ever-widening circle (comp. 1 Thessalonians 3:12). Thus love, the greatest of all Christian graces (1 Corinthians 13:13), is the climax in St. Peter's list. Out of faith, the root, spring the seven fair fruits of holiness, of which holy love is the fairest and the sweetest (comp. Ignatius, 'Ad Ephes.,' 14. Ἀρχὴ μὲν πίστις, τέλος δὲ ἀγάπη). No grace can remain alone; each grace, as it is gradually formed in the soul, tends to develop and strengthen others; all graces meet in that highest grace of charity, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before God. Bengel says well, "Praeseus quisque gradus subsequentem parit et facilem reddit, subsequens priorem temperat ac perficit." Without which, godliness, or external worship, or a profession of religion, is a vain show; for this is both the evidence of regeneration, and of the truth and power of real godliness; and also the beauty, comfort, and security of Christian society and worship, and without which they cannot be maintained with peace, profit, and honour:

and to brotherly kindness, charity: or "love"; that is, to all men, enemies, as well as to the household of faith; and to God and Christ, to his house, worship, ordinances, people and truths. Charity is more extensive in its objects and acts than brotherly kindness or love. As faith leads the van, charity brings up the rear, and is the greatest of all. 7. "And in your godliness brotherly kindness"; not suffering your godliness to be moroseness, nor a sullen solitary habit of life, but kind, generous, and courteous [Alford]. Your natural affection and brotherly kindness are to be sanctified by godliness. "And in your brotherly kindness love," namely, to all men, even to enemies, in thought, word, and deed. From brotherly kindness we are to go forward to love. Compare 1Th 3:12, "Love one toward another (brotherly kindness), and toward all men (charity)." So charity completes the choir of graces in Col 3:14. In a retrograde order, he who has love will exercise brotherly kindness; he who has brotherly kindness will feel godliness needful; the godly will mix nothing stoical with his patience; to the patient, temperance is easy; the temperate weighs things well, and so has knowledge; knowledge guards against sudden impulse carrying away its virtue [Bengel].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.
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