Ephesians 4:2
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New International Version
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

New Living Translation
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love.

English Standard Version
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Berean Study Bible
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

Berean Literal Bible
with all humility and gentleness; with patience bearing with one another in love;

New American Standard Bible
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,

King James Bible
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love,

International Standard Version
demonstrating all expressions of humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another in love.

NET Bible
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,

New Heart English Bible
with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In all humility of mind and quietness and patience, and that you would be patient one toward another in love,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be humble and gentle in every way. Be patient with each other and lovingly accept each other.

New American Standard 1977
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,

Jubilee Bible 2000
with all humility and meekness, with tolerance, forbearing one another in love,

King James 2000 Bible
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

American King James Version
With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;

American Standard Version
with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Douay-Rheims Bible
With all humility and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity.

Darby Bible Translation
with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, bearing with one another in love;

English Revised Version
with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Webster's Bible Translation
With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;

Weymouth New Testament
with all lowliness of mind and unselfishness, and with patience, bearing with one another lovingly, and earnestly striving to maintain,

World English Bible
with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love;

Young's Literal Translation
with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love,
Study Bible
Unity in the Body
1As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received: 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:8
The end of a matter is better than its beginning; Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.

Ephesians 1:4
For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love

Colossians 1:11
being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have full endurance and patience, and joyfully

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded and sympathetic, love as brothers, be tender-hearted and humble.
Treasury of Scripture

With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love;

lowliness.

Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were on …

Psalm 45:4 And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness …

Psalm 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet has he respect to the lowly: but the …

Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

Proverbs 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek you the LORD, all you meek of the earth, which have worked his …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Matthew 5:3-5 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

Acts 20:19 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, …

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

James 3:15-18 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish…

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

forbearing.

Mark 9:19 He answers him, and said, O faithless generation, how long shall …

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

1 Corinthians 13:7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

(2) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering.--See Colossians 3:12, where the same three qualities are dwelt upon, but there introduced by "compassion and kindness." They seem to correspond almost exactly to the first, third, and fifth beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount, in which the principle of love is wrought out in various forms (as in the other beatitudes the principle of righteousness): "Blessed are the poor in spirit;" "Blessed are the meek;" "Blessed are the merciful." The word "lowliness of mind" is used by St. Paul only in the Epistles of the Captivity (Philippians 2:3; Colossians 2:18; Colossians 2:23; Colossians 3:12) and in the address to the Ephesian presbyters (Acts 20:19). It is, indeed, a word new coined in Christian terminology, and even the root from which it comes is mostly used by the heathen moralists in a bad sense (of meanness and slavishness), of which there is still a trace in Colossians 2:18. "Meekness" is mostly "gentleness"--"the meek and quiet spirit" (1Peter 3:4)--the natural, though not the invariable, fruit of humility, winning souls by its very absence of bitter self-assertion, and so "inheriting the earth." "Longsuffering" is the manifestation of such meekness, with something of especial effort and struggle, in the bearing of injury.

(2, 3) Forbearing one another in love . . .--The word rendered "endeavouring" is, in the original, a word expressing "earnestness" of thought and exertion to secure a thing not lightly obtained. (See 2Timothy 4:9-21; Hebrews 4:11; 2Peter 1:10.) It shows that St. Paul here passes from the negative aspects of love, summed up in forbearance, to the more positive and energetic enthusiasm for unity and peace. Love is in both aspects, the "uniting bond" of peace. In the parallel passage of Colossians 3:14, it is "put on over" all else, and is the uniting "bond of perfectness." In the celebrated thirteenth chapter of the First Epistle to Corinthians (Ephesians 4:4-7) it is made to include "long-suffering" and "kindness," and all forms of humility and gentleness. But, if it be real, it must necessarily pass into active energy; if it is to win the final beatitude of "blessing to the peacemakers," it must "labour for peace," and "follow after the things which make for peace" (Psalm 120:7; Romans 14:19).

The unity of the Spirit is certainly the unity given by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. This we cannot create, for it is the gift of God; but we can "keep" it: that is, cherish it, guard it, and make it effectual by love; and all experience proves that, if we would so keep it, we need the positive earnestness of exertion against evils without and within.

-2Ephesians 4:7-11 pass from the unity of the Church to the diversity of graces and offices in its members, all being gifts of the ascended Lord, and results of that universal mediation which fills all things.

(2) From this general description of the regeneration of the soul out of the death of sin, in the Lord Jesus Christ, St. Paul now passes on to deal with special moral duties (Ephesians 4:25-30)--the casting out of falsehood, wrath, dishonesty, and impurity, which are the four typical sins forbidden in the four general Commandments of the Second Table--the Ninth, the Sixth, the Eighth, and the Seventh. But he treats all with a marked and striking peculiarity of treatment--in relation to the great principle of unity in Christ, rather than in relation to a man's own nature or his individual responsibility to God. In this treatment he shows the vivid practical application of the characteristic doctrine of this Epistle.

Verse 2. - SOME POINTS OF A WORTHY WALK. With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love. He begins his enumeration with passive graces - eminently those of Christ. Lowliness or humility may well be gendered by our remembering what we were when God's grace took hold of us (Ephesians 2:1-3). Meekness is the natural expression of a lowly state of mind, opposed to boisterous self-assertion and rude striving with others; it genders a subdued manner and a peace-loving spirit that studies to give the soft answer that turneth away wrath. Long-suffering and loving forbearance are phases of the same state of mind - denoting the absence of that irascibility and proneness to take offence which flares up at every provocation or fancied neglect, and strives to maintain self-control on every occasion. It is from such qualities in God that our redemption has come; it is miserable to accept the redemption and not try to attain and exhibit its true spirit. Neglect of this verse has produced untold evil in the Christian Church With all lowliness and meekness,..... In the exercise of humility, which shows itself in believers, in entertaining and expressing the meanest thoughts of themselves, and the best of others; in not envying the gifts and graces of others, but rejoicing at them, and at every increase of them; in a willingness to receive instruction from the meanest saints; in submission to the will of God in all adverse dispensations of Providence; and in ascribing all they have, and are, to the grace of God: and so to behave, is to walk agreeably to their calling of God; and what the consideration of that may engage them to, when they serve the low estate and condition out of which they are called, in which they were before calling: and that in effectual calling they have nothing but what they have received; and that others are called with the same calling that they are: and to walk humbly before God and man, is to walk according to the will of God that calls; and it is walking as Christ walked, who is meek, and lowly; and is agreeable to the blessed Spirit, one of whose fruits is meekness; and is what is very ornamental to the saints, and is well pleasing in the sight of God.

With longsuffering; bearing much and long with the infirmities of each other; without being easily provoked to anger by any ill usage; and not immediately meditating and seeking revenge for every affront given, or injury done; and so to walk, is to walk worthy of the grace of calling, or agreeable to it, to God that calls by his grace, who is longsuffering both with wicked men, and with his own people.

Forbearing one another in love; overlooking the infirmities of one another, forgiving injuries done, sympathizing with, and assisting each other in distressed circumstances, the spring of all which should be love; by that saints should be moved, influenced, and engaged to such a conduct, and which should be so far attended to, as is consistent with love; for so to forbear one another, as to suffer sin to be on each other, without proper, gentle, and faithful rebukes for it, is not to act in love. 2, 3. lowliness—In classic Greek, the meaning is meanness of spirit: the Gospel has elevated the word to express a Christian grace, namely, the esteeming of ourselves small, inasmuch as we are so; the thinking truly, and because truly, therefore lowlily, of ourselves [Trench].

meekness—that spirit in which we accept God's dealings with us without disputing and resisting; and also the accepting patiently of the injuries done us by men, out of the thought that they are permitted by God for the chastening and purifying of His people (2Sa 16:11; compare Ga 6:1; 2Ti 2:25; Tit 3:2). It is only the lowly, humble heart that is also meek (Col 3:12). As "lowliness and meekness" answer to "forbearing one another in love" (compare "love," Eph 4:15, 16), so "long-suffering" answers to (Eph 4:4) "endeavoring (Greek, 'earnestly' or 'zealously giving diligence') to keep (maintain) the unity of the Spirit (the unity between men of different tempers, which flows from the presence of the Spirit, who is Himself 'one,' Eph 4:4) in (united in) the bond of peace" (the "bond" by which "peace" is maintained, namely, "love," Col 3:14, 15 [Bengel]; or, "peace" itself is the "bond" meant, uniting the members of the Church [Alford]).4:1-6 Nothing is pressed more earnestly in the Scriptures, than to walk as becomes those called to Christ's kingdom and glory. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. By meekness, that excellent disposition of soul, which makes men unwilling to provoke, and not easily to be provoked or offended. We find much in ourselves for which we can hardly forgive ourselves; therefore we must not be surprised if we find in others that which we think it hard to forgive. There is one Christ in whom all believers hope, and one heaven they are all hoping for; therefore they should be of one heart. They had all one faith, as to its object, Author, nature, and power. They all believed the same as to the great truths of religion; they had all been admitted into the church by one baptism, with water, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, as the sign of regeneration. In all believers God the Father dwells, as in his holy temple, by his Spirit and special grace.
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