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 4: In every way and aspect of life we want to show that we are ministers of God.
  • BSP
    Verse 13: We should widen out in our affections by getting to know and helping those of different races, ages, and nationalities. In this way we can imitate Jehovah God.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Eternal caution: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God.
  • A disciple
    Hi Kurt; I like what you said regarding "our own whims, emotions, and personalities," and that "we must keep the discipline of God's intentions within us." The Word, "LET this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus;" like in the Proverbs, "LET thine heart retain MY WORDS;" our discipleship is toward moral excellence out of a good and honest heart, PROVING what is acceptable TO GOD in TRUTH.
  • Kurt
    How can we bring the Gospel to sinners without sinning? Take another Christian and have an entry and exit plan. Arm yourself with the Truth (Jesus), and the Spirit. Allow God to work his love towards sinners thru us, yet remain safely separate in the Armour, lest we may fall. We are subject to our own whims, emotions, and personalities, yet we must keep the discipline of God's intentions within us
  • Ray321
    Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

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