2 Corinthians 6:4
New International Version
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

New Living Translation
In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.

English Standard Version
but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,

Berean Study Bible
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships, and calamities;

Berean Literal Bible
in everything, rather, we are commending ourselves as God's servants: in great endurance, in tribulations, in hardships, in distresses;

New American Standard Bible
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

King James Bible
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Christian Standard Bible
Instead, as God's ministers, we commend ourselves in everything: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardships, by difficulties,

Contemporary English Version
But in everything and in every way we show we truly are God's servants. We have always been patient, though we have had a lot of trouble, suffering, and hard times.

Good News Translation
Instead, in everything we do we show that we are God's servants by patiently enduring troubles, hardships, and difficulties.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But as God's ministers, we commend ourselves in everything: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by difficulties,

International Standard Version
Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities;

NET Bible
But as God's servants, we have commended ourselves in every way, with great endurance, in persecutions, in difficulties, in distresses,

New Heart English Bible
but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But in everything we shall show ourselves to be Ministers of God: by much patience, by sufferings, by distresses, by imprisonments,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, our lives demonstrate that we are God's servants. We have endured many things: suffering, distress, anxiety,

New American Standard 1977
but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But in all things showing ourselves as the ministers of God in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,

King James 2000 Bible
But in all things presenting ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

American King James Version
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

American Standard Version
but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses,

Darby Bible Translation
but in everything commending ourselves as God's ministers, in much endurance, in afflictions, in necessities, in straits,

English Revised Version
but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Webster's Bible Translation
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

Weymouth New Testament
On the contrary, as God's servants, we seek their full approval--by unwearied endurance, by afflictions, by distress, by helplessness;

World English Bible
but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

Young's Literal Translation
but in everything recommending ourselves as God's ministrants; in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,
Study Bible
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
3We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no one can discredit our ministry. 4Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships, and calamities; 5in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in labor, sleepless nights, and hunger;…
Cross References
John 16:33
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!"

Acts 9:16
I will show him how much he must suffer for My name."

Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.

1 Corinthians 3:5
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, as the Lord has assigned to each his role.

2 Corinthians 4:8
We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

2 Corinthians 11:23
Are they servants of Christ? I am speaking like I am out of my mind, but I am so much more: in harder labor, in more imprisonments, in worse beatings, in frequent danger of death.

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Timothy 2:24
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.

Treasury of Scripture

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

in all.

2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 7:11
For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Acts 2:22
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

approving.

2 Corinthians 4:2
But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

as.

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 11:23
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

Isaiah 61:6
But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

in much.

2 Corinthians 12:12
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

Luke 21:19
In your patience possess ye your souls.

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

afflictions.

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Acts 20:23,24
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me…

Colossians 1:24
Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:

necessities.







Lexicon
Rather,
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

servants
διάκονοι (diakonoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1249: Probably from an obsolete diako; an attendant, i.e. a waiter; specially, a Christian teacher and pastor.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

we commend
συνιστάνοντες (synistanontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4921: To place together, commend, prove, exhibit; instrans: I stand with; To be composed of, cohere.

ourselves
ἑαυτοὺς (heautous)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

every way:
παντὶ (panti)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

great
πολλῇ (pollē)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

endurance;
ὑπομονῇ (hypomonē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5281: Endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for. From hupomeno; cheerful endurance, constancy.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

troubles,
θλίψεσιν (thlipsesin)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2347: Persecution, affliction, distress, tribulation. From thlibo; pressure.

hardships,
ἀνάγκαις (anankais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 318: From ana and the base of agkale; constraint; by implication, distress.

[and]
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

calamities;
στενοχωρίαις (stenochōriais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4730: A narrow space, great distress, anguish. From a compound of stenos and chora; narrowness of room, i.e. calamity.
(4) But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God.--Better, as keeping up the connection with 2Corinthians 3:1; 2Corinthians 5:12, as ministers of God commending ourselves. He harps, as it were, upon that phrase. Yes, he does commend himself; but how? He looks back on his life of labour and sufferings and challenges comparison. Can others, with their letters of commendation, point to anything like this? The word "ministers" in the Greek is in the nominative case, while the English at least suggests that it is in the objective after the verb. What he means is that he, as the minister of God should do, commends himself by acts and not by words. It is obvious that what follows was likely to expose him to a repetition of the cynical sneer, but of this his generous indignation makes him nobly regardless.

In much patience . . .--Better, as elsewhere, endurance. The word has a much stronger meaning than our English "patience." (See Notes on Luke 8:15; Luke 21:19.) The general term is naturally followed by a specification of details. It is not, perhaps, easy to specify what he refers to under each head. Possibly he used such words, as we habitually use them, without a formal classification. The root-idea of the first word of the triad is that of being pressed upon; of the second, that of a constraint that leaves no choice of action; of the third, that of being so hemmed in that there is no room to move.

Verse 4. - Approving ourselves; rather, commending ourselves, He is again referring to the insinuation, which had evidently caused him deep pain, that he was not authorized to preach, as his Judaic opponents were, by "letters of commendation" (2 Corinthians 3:1-3) from James or from the ciders at Jerusalem. His credentials came from God, who had enabled him to be so faithful. As the ministers of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). The article should be omitted. In much patience. Christ had forewarned his apostles that they would have much to endure, and had strengthened them by the promise that "he that endureth to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 10:22). In afflictions. This word, as we have seen, is one of the haunting words in 2 Corinthians 1:4-11. In necessities. St, Paul was poor, and was often in want (Acts 20:34). In distresses. The same word which occurs in 2 Corinthians 4:8. It means "extreme pressure" (literally, narrowness of space), and is a climax of the other words. 6:1-10 The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. The gospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. The morrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let all be careful not to neglect it. Ministers of the gospel should look upon themselves as God's servants, and act in every thing suitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patience in afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by due temper and behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the grace of God, to arm them against temptations, so as to bear the good report of men without pride; and so as to bear their reproaches with patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess all things in Christ. Of such differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is our way to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approve ourselves to God. The gospel, when faithfully preached, and fully received, betters the condition even of the poorest. They save what before they riotously spent, and diligently employ their time to useful purposes. They save and gain by religion, and thus are made rich, both for the world to come and for this, when compared with their sinful, profligate state, before they received the gospel.
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