2 Corinthians 6:5

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults,[a] in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

2 Corinthians 6:5 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 6:5

In stripes
As the Apostle Paul particularly was, who was thrice beaten with rods, and five times scourged by the Jews with the scourge of forty stripes save one.

In imprisonments;
under which are included bonds, in which they often were for the Gospel of Christ:

in tumults;
and uproars of the people, when their lives were frequently in imminent danger: or "in tossings to and fro"; being drove from place to place through the fury of their enemies;

in labours;
in a laborious ministry of the word, and administration of ordinances; or by labouring with their own hands to supply their necessities:

in watchings;
being obliged to work night and day at their hand labour, and in preaching, praying, and singing psalms; which exercises they were often employed in at midnight:

in fastings;
by which are meant not voluntary, but involuntary ones, through want of food to eat.

2 Corinthians 6:5 In-Context

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. in tumults: or, in tossings to and fro
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