2 Peter 1:8

“For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that yee shall neither be barren, nor vnfruitfull in the knowledge of our Lord Iesus Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if these {qualities} are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if you have these things in good measure, they will make you fertile and full of fruit in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Basic English Bible

for these things existing and abounding in you make [you] to be neither idle nor unfruitful as regards the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- Darby Bible

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Webster's Bible

If these things exist in you, and continually increase, they prevent your being either idle or unfruitful in advancing towards a full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- World English Bible

For if these ben with you, and ouercomen, thei schulen not make you voide, nethir with out fruyt, in the knowyng of oure Lord Jhesu Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

for these things being to you and abounding, do make [you] neither inert nor unfruitful in regard to the acknowledging of our Lord Jesus Christ,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Peter 1:8


1:8 For these being really in you - Added to your faith. And abounding - Increasing more and more, otherwise we fall short. Make you neither slothful nor unfruitful - Do not suffer you to be faint in your mind, or without fruit in your lives. If there is less faithfulness, less care and watchfulness, since we were pardoned, than there was before, and less diligence, less outward obedience, than when we were seeking remission of sin, we are both slothful and unfruitful in the knowledge of Christ, that is, in the faith, which then cannot work by love.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Peter 1:8


2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound. If these qualities abound they will be fruitful, showing that they have knowledge of Christ in reality.

Discussion for 2 Peter 1

  • Steve morrow
    ( a disciple ) 2 peter 3 according as HIS divine power ---hath given--- unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of HIM that hath called us to glory and virtue john 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you yhey are spirit and they are life ecc 8:4 where the word of a king is there is power.......
  • Irene123
    Dear Brianna - I wasn't 'interpreting' scripture; it was just simply an interesting observation; I didn't 'change' any meanings.
  • Brianna
    vs. 20-21
    This places great responsibility on Bible translators and teachers. We need to do our research and get God's thinking on the scriptures before we try to explain it. By doing research we will be able to give an accurate answer. We do not want to be interpreting the Bible based on our flawed human philosophy.
  • 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

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