2 Peter 1:9
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New International Version
But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

New Living Translation
But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.

English Standard Version
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

New American Standard Bible
For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

King James Bible
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins.

International Standard Version
For the person who lacks these qualities is blind and shortsighted, and has forgotten the cleansing that he has received from his past sins.

NET Bible
But concerning the one who lacks such things--he is blind. That is to say, he is nearsighted, since he has forgotten about the cleansing of his past sins.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he in whom these things are not found is blind, because he does not see that he has forgotten the purification of his former sins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If these qualities aren't present in your life, you're shortsighted and have forgotten that you were cleansed from your past sins.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he that lacks these things is blind and walks feeling the way with his hand, having forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

King James 2000 Bible
But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

American King James Version
But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

American Standard Version
For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, having forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Darby Bible Translation
for he with whom these things are not present is blind, short-sighted, and has forgotten the purging of his former sins.

English Revised Version
For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purified from his old sins.

Weymouth New Testament
For the man in whom they are lacking is blind and cannot see distant objects, in that he has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his old sins.

World English Bible
For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

Young's Literal Translation
for he with whom these things are not present is blind, dim-sighted, having become forgetful of the cleansing of his old sins;
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 9. - But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off; literally, for he to whom these things are not present is blind, short-sighted. We cannot attain to the knowledge of Christ without these graces, for he who has them not is blind, or, at the best, short-sighted, like one who blinks with his eyes when he tries to see distant objects, and cannot bear the full light of day. Such a man can only see the things which lie close around him - earth and earthly things; he cannot lift up his eyes by faith and behold "the land that is very far off;" he cannot "see the King in his beauty" (Isaiah 33:17). The word for "short-sighted" (μυωπάζων) occurs only here in the New Testament. And hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins; literally, having incurred forgetfulness of the cleansing from his old sins. St. Peter is apparently thinking of the one baptism for the remission of sin. Ananias had said to Saul, "Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins" (Acts 22:16); St. Peter himself had said, in his first great sermon, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins." Those who do not realize in the religious life that death unto sin of which holy baptism is the sign and the beginning, incur forgetfulness of the cleansing from sin which they then received; they do not use the grace once given for the attainment of those higher graces of which St. Peter has been speaking. The one talent once entrusted to them must be taken from them; they are idle and unfruitful, and cannot reach unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (comp. 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Peter 3:21).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he that lacketh these things,.... Or in, and with whom, they are not; that is, these virtues, as the Arabic version reads, as faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity; where the principles of those things are not, and they are not exercised and performed, such an one

is blind: let him boast ever so much of his light and knowledge, and value himself upon it, and expect to be saved by it, let him live as he will; for he has no true knowledge of God, as in Christ, as the God of all grace, as his covenant God and Father; nor does he know what it is to have communion with him in Christ; he only professes to know him in words, while in works he denies him; nor has he any right knowledge of Christ, only notional and general, not spiritual, experimental, particular, and practical; he does not see the Son, so as truly to believe in him; he has no true sight of his beauty, suitableness, and fulness, and of him for himself; nor any experience of the work of the Spirit of God upon his heart, whom he neither receives, sees, nor knows spiritually, any more than the world itself does; nor does he see the plague of his own heart, the corruptions of his nature, and the exceeding sinfulness of sin; nor has he any true spiritual light into the Gospel, and the doctrines of it, only a form of godliness, without the power of it: and therefore, whatever natural understanding of things he has, he is spiritually blind,

and cannot see afar off: at least, not the good land that is afar off, the kingdom of heaven; the invisible glories of the other world; things that are not seen, which are eternal, which one that has true faith has a glimpse and sight of; nor Christ, who is in heaven at the right hand of God, and the things of Christ, his blood, righteousness, and sacrifice, carried within the vail; nor even what is within himself, the sins of his heart, the pollution of his nature, and the evil that dwells there; he sees not that he is poor, and wretched, and miserable, but fancies himself to be rich, and in need of nothing; he sees nothing but outward things, the things of time and sense, worldly and earthly things, which are near him, and all around him, which he minds, on which his heart is set, and he pursues with rigour. The Vulgate Latin version renders it, "trying with the hand", as blind men do, feeling and groping to find the way; see Acts 17:27,

and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins; not by baptism, from the sins committed before it, for that does not purge from any sins, old or new, but that which it leads the faith of believers to, for pardon and cleansing, even the blood of Christ; but this also, and purification by it, is not meant here, though generally interpreters give this as the sense, and understanding it of the sin of ingratitude in such a person, who had received so great a benefit by Christ, and was unmindful of it; since it cannot be thought that one so described as above should ever have had his conscience purged by the blood of Christ from his old sins, or those before conversion, unless it be by profession; and then the sense is, that he has forgotten that he once professed to have been purged from all his sins by Christ; which, if he had, would have made him zealous of good works, and put him upon glorifying Christ both in body and spirit. The Ethiopic version renders it, "and he hath forgot to purge himself from old sins"; which he would have been concerned for, had he had a true and spiritual knowledge of Christ, and his Gospel, and an application of the exceeding great and precious promises of it, or had been made a partaker of the divine nature through them; see 2 Corinthians 7:1, but the words are better rendered agreeably to the original text, "and hath forgotten the purification of his old, or former sins"; or "sins of old"; as they are rendered by the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions; that is, he does not consider, nor think of it, that he was a sinner of old, a sinner in Adam, that he was conceived and shapen in sin, and went astray, and was called a transgressor from the womb; he does not think that he stands in any need of being purged from former sins; and is entirely unmindful of, and neglects, the purification of them by the blood of Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. But—Greek, "For." Confirming the need of these graces (2Pe 1:5-8) by the fatal consequences of the want of them.

he that lacketh—Greek, "he to whom these are not present."

blind—as to the spiritual realities of the unseen world.

and cannot see afar off—explanatory of "blind." He closes his eyes (Greek) as unable to see distant objects (namely, heavenly things), and fixes his gaze on present and earthly things which alone he can see. Perhaps a degree of wilfulness in the blindness is implied in the Greek, "closing the eyes," which constitutes its culpability; hating and rebelling against the light shining around him.

forgotten—Greek, "contracted forgetfulness," wilful and culpable obliviousness.

that he was purged—The continually present sense of one's sins having been once for all forgiven, is the strongest stimulus to every grace (Ps 130:4). This once-for-all accomplished cleansing of unbelievers at their new birth is taught symbolically by Christ, Joh 13:10, Greek, "He that has been bathed (once for all) needeth not save to wash his feet (of the soils contracted in the daily walk), but is clean every whit (in Christ our righteousness)." "Once purged (with Christ's blood), we should have no more consciousness of sin (as condemning us, Heb 10:2, because of God's promise)." Baptism is the sacramental pledge of this.

2 Peter 1:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Make Your Calling Sure
8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:26
to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

Titus 2:14
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

1 John 2:11
But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.
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But he that lacks these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and has forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

lacketh.

2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, One thing you …

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one …

Galatians 5:6,13 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

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John 9:40,41 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, …

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…

1 John 2:9-11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness …

Revelation 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

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2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that …

2 Peter 2:18-20 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

Romans 6:1-4,11 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound…

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not …

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

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