2 Peter 1:6
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English Standard Version
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,

King James Bible
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;

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;

2 Peter 1:6 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Temperance (ἐγκρατεία)

Self-control; holding the passions and desires in hand. See 1 Corinthians 9:25.

Patience (ὑπομονήν)

Lit., remaining behind or staying, from μένω, to wait. Not merely endurance of the inevitable, for Christ could have relieved himself of his sufferings (Hebrews 12:2, Hebrews 12:3; compare Matthew 26:53); but the heroic, brave patience with which a Christian not only bears but contends. Speaking of Christ's patience, Barrow remarks, "Neither was it out of a stupid insensibility or stubborn resolution that he did thus behave himself; for he had a most vigorous sense of all those grievances, and a strong (natural) aversation from under going them;...but from a perfect submission to the divine will, and entire command over his passions, an excessive charity toward mankind, this patient and meek behavior did spring." The same writer defines patience as follows: "That virtue which qualifieth us to bear all conditions and all events, by God's disposal incident to us, with such apprehensions and persuasions of mind, such dispositions and affections of heart, such external deportment and practices of life as God requireth and good reason directeth (Sermon XLII., "On Patience").

Godliness

See on 2 Peter 1:3. The quality is never ascribed to God.

Brotherly kindness (φιλαδελφίαν)

Rev. renders, literally, love of the brethren.

Charity (ἀγάπην)

There seems at first an infelicity in the rendering of the Rev., in your love of the brethren love. But this is only apparent. In the former word Peter contemplates Christian fellow-believers as naturally and properly holding the first place in our affections (compare Galatians 6:10, "Especially unto them which are of the household of faith"). But he follows this with the broader affection which should characterize Christians, and which Paul lauds in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, the love of men as men. It may be remarked here that the entire rejection by the Rev. of charity as the rendering of ἀγάπη is wholesome and defensible. Charity has acquired two peculiar meanings, both of which are indeed included or implied in love, but neither of which expresses more than a single phase of love - tolerance and beneficence. The A. V. in the great majority of cases translates love; always in the Gospels, and mostly elsewhere. There is no more reason for saying "charity suffereth long," than for saying, "the charity of God is shed abroad in our hearts," or "God is charity."

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

temperance.

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time...

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown...

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 charity, in patience.

patience.

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way...

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it...

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 honor and immortality, eternal life:

Romans 5:3,4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience...

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 much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ...

2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations...

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Hebrews 6:12,15 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises...

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight...

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, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth...

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ...

Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil...

Revelation 13:10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword...

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

godliness.

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

2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

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 men are taken away...

1 Timothy 2:2,10 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty...

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels...

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

1 Timothy 6:3,6,11 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ...

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 to the faith of God's elect...

Cross References
Luke 21:19
By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Acts 24:25
And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, "Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you."

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,

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