2 Peter 1:5
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English Standard Version
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,

King James Bible
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

American Standard Version
Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you, employing all care, minister in your faith, virtue; and in virtue, knowledge;

English Revised Version
Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge;

Webster's Bible Translation
And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

Weymouth New Testament
But for this very reason--adding, on your part, all earnestness-- along with your faith, manifest also a noble character: along with a noble character, knowledge;

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Vincent's Word Studies

Beside this (αὐτὸ τοῦτο)

Wrong. Render, for this very cause, as Rev. Lit., this very thing. Just as τί, what? has come to mean why? So the strengthened demonstrative acquires the meaning of wherefore, for this very cause.

Giving all diligence (σπουδὴν πᾶσαν παρεισενέγκαντες)

The verb occurs only here in New Testament, and means, literally, to bring in by the side of: adding your diligence to the divine promises. So Rev., adding on your part.

Add to your faith, etc

The A. V. is entirely wrong. The verb rendered add (ἐπιχορηγήσατε) is derived from χορός a chorus, such as was employed in the representation of the Greek tragedies. The verb originally means to bear the expense of a chorus, which was done by a person selected by the state, who was obliged to defray all the expenses of training and maintenance. In the New Testament the word has lost this technical sense, and is used in the general sense of supplying or providing. The verb is used by Paul (2 Corinthians 9:10; Galatians 3:5; Colossians 2:19), and is rendered minister (A. V.), supply (Rev.); and the simple verb χορηγέω, minister, occurs 1 Peter 4:11; 2 Corinthians 9:10. Here the Rev., properly, renders supply.

To your faith (ἐν τῇ πίστει)

The A. V. exhorts to add one virtue to another; but the Greek, to develop one virtue in the exercise of another: "an increase by growth, not by external junction; each new grace springing out of, attempting, and perfecting the other." Render, therefore, as Rev. In your faith supply virtue, and in your virtue knowledge, etc.

Virtue

See on 2 Peter 1:3, and 1 Peter 2:9. Not in the sense of moral excellence, but of the energy which Christians are to exhibit, as God exerts his energy upon them. As God calls us by his own virtue (2 Peter 1:3), so Christians are to exhibit virtue or energy in the exercise of their faith, translating it into vigorous action.

2 Peter 1:5 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

beside.

Luke 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot...

Luke 24:21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this...

giving.

2 Peter 1:10 Why the rather, brothers, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall:

2 Peter 3:14,18 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless...

Psalm 119:4 You have commanded us to keep your precepts diligently.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me...

Zechariah 6:15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you...

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give to you...

Philippians 2:12 Why, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence...

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is...

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you...

virtue. See on ver.

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness...

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure...

knowledge.

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory...

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel...

Cross References
Colossians 2:3
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

2 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

2 Peter 1:11
For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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