2 Corinthians 6:4

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But in all things approuing our selues, as the Ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
- American Standard Version (1901)

But in everything making it clear that we are the servants of God, in quiet strength, in troubles, in need, in sorrow,
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

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

but in alle thingis yyue we vs silf as the mynystris of God, in myche pacience, in tribulaciouns,
- Wycliffe Bible

but in everything recommending ourselves as God's ministrants; in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:4


6:4 But approving ourselves as the ministers of God - Such as his ministers ought to be. In much patience - Shown, In afflictions, necessities, distresses - All which are general terms. In stripes, imprisonments, tumults - Which are particular sorts of affliction, necessity, distress In labours, watchings, fastings - Voluntarily endured. All these are expressed in the plural number, to denote a variety of them. In afflictions, several ways to escape may appear, though none without difficulty in necessities, one only, and that a difficult one; in distresses, none at all appears.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:4


2Co 6:4 In all [things] commending ourselves as the ministers of God. Living lives that show that we are holy ministers, consecrated to God. Paul next gives some details of the apostolic life. In much patience. Rather, in steadfast constancy and endurance, holding out under trials. Some of these trials are now given. In afflictions, in necessities, in distresses. The first three details are general.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 6

  • BSP
    Verse 2 is quoting Isaiah 49:8. Now is the especially acceptable time. We don't want to miss the purpose of God's undeserved kindness.
  • Bruce
    Jim: Yes, Unevenly Yoked in anything: But its mostly used for Marriage. Most believe They Will draw the other to Christ,But---? One Looks to The Light the other to Darkness. We can help the Lost. I will help anyone with almost anything,the Price: Hearing The Way of Salvation. I sometimes take them Fishing or invite for Supper. Sometimes One will go to Church.
  • Jim Kirkpatrick
    Being unequally yoked with unbelievers is correct, but it means not to run with them not to restrain from witnessing to them.
  • Wayne
    Ask God for a Christian young lady or young man to marry. God knows what you need and where they are. And ask the Holy Ghost to bring your hearts together in His love. I did and been married, to same Christian woman, 52 years. God Bless.
  • Bruce
    My son,Bruce died Thanksgiving day 2012. He was 42 years old. He eat dinner went outside, fell over. Aneurysm. His Mom died five years earlier. Doing dishes,just fell over.Aneurysm. With his death my heart was crushed. Yet at the same time I can Rejoice! My second wife died Dec.11 2013. Lost. His will be done. He's the calm in the storm. The peace that passes all understanding. Yes we can Rejoice
  • Irene123
    V.10 - As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; - I've had 2 recent experiences with this - as I know many of you have. About 2 1/2 mos. ago my 46 yr. old son had a heart attack, his heart stopped, they got it going again; he's fine now. Then this past Dec. 13 I came down with flu/pneumonia for 2 wks. Mighty prayer was sent up for us both of us by the ch. I'm fine, but thru it all I could REJOICE!!

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