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“And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:”

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1 Corinthians 4:12 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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And καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
labour, κοπιῶμεν To feel fatigue; by implication, to work hard labour
working ἐργαζόμενοι To toil (as a task, occupation, etc.), (by implication) effect, be engaged in or with, etc working
with our own ἰδίαις Pertaining to self, i.e., one's own; by implication, private or separate own
hands: χερσίν· The hand (literally or figuratively (power); especially (by Hebraism) a means or instrument) hands
being reviled, λοιδορούμενοι To reproach, i.e., vilify being reviled
we bless; εὐλογοῦμεν To speak well of, i.e., (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper) bless
being persecuted, διωκόμενοι To pursue (literally or figuratively); by implication, to persecute being persecuted
we suffer it: ἀνεχόμεθα To hold oneself up against, i.e., (figuratively) put up with suffer

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  • 10  We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

  • 11  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

  • 12  And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

  • 13  Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

  • 14  I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.


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