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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 6:4


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 6:4

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

    World English Bible

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

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 6:4

    But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, 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,

    Greek Textus Receptus


    αλλ
    235 CONJ εν 1722 PREP παντι 3956 A-DSN συνιστωντες 4921 5723 V-PAP-NPM εαυτους 1438 F-3APM ως 5613 ADV θεου 2316 N-GSM διακονοι 1249 N-NPM εν 1722 PREP υπομονη 5281 N-DSF πολλη 4183 A-DSF εν 1722 PREP θλιψεσιν 2347 N-DPF εν 1722 PREP αναγκαις 318 N-DPF εν 1722 PREP στενοχωριαις 4730 N-DPF

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (4) -
    2Co 2:17; 7:11 Ac 2:22 Ro 14:18; 16:10 1Co 9:11 1Th 2:3-11 1Ti 2:15

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 6:4

    antes tenindonos en todas las cosas como ministros de Dios, en mucha paciencia, en tribulaciones, en necesidades, en angustias;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 6:4

    Verse 4. But in all things approving ourselves] The
    apostle now proceeds to show how conscientiously himself and his fellow labourers acted, in order to render the ministry of reconciliation effectual to the salvation of men. They not only gave no offense in any thing, but they laboured to manifest themselves to be the genuine ministers of God, in much patience-bearing calmly up under the most painful and oppressive afflictions.

    In afflictions] en fliyesin. This may signify the series of persecutions and distresses in general; the state of cruel suffering in which the Church of God and the apostles then existed.

    In necessities] en anagkaiv? Straits and difficulties; including all that want and affliction which arose from the impoverished state of the Church.

    In distresses] en stenocwriaiv. Such straits and difficulties as were absolutely unavoidable and insurmountable. The word implies, being reduced to a narrow place, driven to a corner, hemmed in on every side, as the Israelites were at the Red Sea; the sea before them, Pharaoh and his host behind them, and Egyptian fortresses on either hand. God alone could bring them out of such difficulties, when their enemies themselves saw that the wilderness had shut them in. So was it often with the apostles; all human help failed, and their deliverance came from God alone.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 4. But in all things approving ourselves , etc..] It is not sufficient for a minister of the Gospel to avoid everything that might bring any blot or scandal on his ministry; but he should in all things, and by all ways and means, proper, lawful, and laudable, approve, prove, and show himself to be a true and faithful dispenser of the word. All in such an office ought to make it appear, that they are such by behaving and conducting as the ministers of God ; as becomes such, whom he has chosen, called, and fitted for that service; and particularly in, or by much patience ; by a large, constant, and continued exercise of that grace; and by bearing patiently many things for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel, without murmuring at the hand of God, or being angry with men, and without fainting and sinking in their own spirits: in afflictions ; that is, in patiently bearing, them. This word may be considered as a general word, including all sorts of afflictions whatever, of which the following are particular species: in necessities ; want of food, drink, and raiment, being hungry, thirsty, and naked, as the apostles sometimes were: in distresses; both of bad mind; being in such straits and difficulties they know not where to look, what course to steer, or which way to turn themselves.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-10 - The
    gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. The gospel day is day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offer of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the prope time to accept these offers. The morrow is none of ours: we know no what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a da 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 ever thing suitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patienc in afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by due temper an behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the grace of God, to arm the against temptations, so as to bear the good report of men withou pride; and so as to bear their reproaches with patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess all things in Christ. Of suc differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variet 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 diligentl 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.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    αλλ
    235 CONJ εν 1722 PREP παντι 3956 A-DSN συνιστωντες 4921 5723 V-PAP-NPM εαυτους 1438 F-3APM ως 5613 ADV θεου 2316 N-GSM διακονοι 1249 N-NPM εν 1722 PREP υπομονη 5281 N-DSF πολλη 4183 A-DSF εν 1722 PREP θλιψεσιν 2347 N-DPF εν 1722 PREP αναγκαις 318 N-DPF εν 1722 PREP στενοχωριαις 4730 N-DPF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    4. Necessities (anagkaiv). See on
    1 Cor. vii. 26.

    Distresses (stenocwriaiv). See on Rom. ii. 9.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    6:4 {But in everything commending ourselves} (all' en panti sunistanontes heautous). Paul gives a marvellous summary of his argument about the dignity and glory of ministers of Christ as {ministers of God} (hws qeou diakonoi) under three aspects, the first with {in} (en) verses #3-7a, the second with {by} (dia) verses #7b,8, the third with {as} (hws) verses #9-10. The negative view with en we have in verse #3, qen the positive in verses #4-7a. Each word carries a story that can be filled in from Paul's own life as a preacher with an echo in that of us all. {In distresses} (en stenocwriais). In tight places (#12:10). Late word from stenocwrew (see on #4:8).


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