Fruitful Growth in the Faith

But also for this very reason, (A)giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue (B)knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control [a]perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and (C)to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither [b]barren (D)nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  1. 2 Peter 1:6 patience
  2. 2 Peter 1:8 useless

For this very reason, applying your diligence [to the divine promises, make every effort] in [exercising] your faith to, [a]develop moral excellence, and in moral excellence, knowledge (insight, understanding), and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, steadfastness, and in your steadfastness, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit]. For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 1:5 Lit supply.