2 Peter 1:5

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And besides this, giuing all diligence, adde to your faith, vertue; and to vertue knowledge;
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in {your} moral excellence, knowledge,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in `your' virtue knowledge;
- American Standard Version (1901)

So, for this very cause, take every care; joining virtue to faith, and knowledge to virtue,
- Basic English Bible

But for this very reason also, using therewith all diligence, in your faith have also virtue, in virtue knowledge,
- Darby Bible

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

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;
- Weymouth Bible

Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge;
- World English Bible

And bringe ye in alle bisynesse, and mynystre ye in youre feith vertu, and `in vertu kunnyng;
- Wycliffe Bible

And this same also -- all diligence having brought in besides, superadd in your faith the worthiness, and in the worthiness the knowledge,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 1:5


1:5 For this very reason - Because God hath given you so great blessings. Giving all diligence - It is a very uncommon word which we render giving. It literally signifies, bringing in by the by, or over and above: implying, that good works the work; yet not unless we are diligent. Our diligence is to follow the gift of God, and is followed by an increase of all his gifts. Add to - And in all the other gifts of God. Superadd the latter, without losing the former. The Greek word properly means lead up, as in dance, one of these after the other, in a beautiful order. Your faith, that evidence of things not seen, termed before the knowledge of God and of Christ, the root of all Christian graces. Courage - Whereby ye may conquer all enemies and difficulties, and execute whatever faith dictates. In this most beautiful connexion, each preceding grace leads to the following; each following, tempers and perfects the preceding. They are set down in the order of nature, rather than the order of time. For though every grace bears a relation to every other, yet here they are so nicely ranged, that those which have the closest dependence on each other are placed together. And to your courage knowledge - Wisdom, teaching how to exercise it on all occasions.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 1:5


2Pe 1:5 And beside this. "Yea, and for this very cause" (Revised Version). Because God has called you with precious promises. What God has done calls on us to do our part. Giving all diligence. "Adding on your part all diligence" (Revised Version). No exertion must be spared. There must be the fullest co-operation with God. Add to your faith virtue. "In your faith supply virtue" (Revised Version). The Common Version is wrong. Faith is the basis of the Christian life and all are expected to possess it, but out of it must grow other excellencies. And to virtue. "And in [your virtue]" (Revised Version). Moral courage, the natural fruit of a trusting faith in God. Knowledge. The moral heroism must be guided by knowledge or it will run into "a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge" (Ro 10:2).

Discussion for 2 Peter 1

  • Irene123
    I s'pose that this is appropo of - nothing, but I just noticed v. 14 - which harkens back to Jn. 21:19. 1 Pet. is yrs. later from Jn.21:19. I don't imagine Peter 'caught' Jesus' drift right at the time, but by now he's 'experienced' enough - he understands. It's beautiful how the Lord shows you things in His word. I'd never 'connected' these two before now.
  • George mumba
    Mark 4vs10 says the knowledge to know the secret of the kingdom of heaven!by the spirit of God a Christian doesn't given a limit where to reach in the grace,because the more you grow in the grace of God the more His spirit become active in performing wonders such that you will go beyond your spirit gift,I the bible say I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me!
  • J
    "For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15
  • MockingBird
    Grace is given to the humble : More Grace is given to the more humble : Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up. Peace is multiplied through the knowledge of God's word . I believe to have a close walk with God is to have time in His word and in prayer.
  • Mochael Jones
    It is true what2 Pt1:2 saysYou will only abound in grace and peace of God and of Jesus christ if you learn of.A similar scripture is given in psalm 92 vrs 13
  • BSP
    If we cultivate and practice the things mentioned in verses 5 through 8 this will prevent us from becoming unfruitful or inactive.

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