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“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

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2 Corinthians 7:1 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Having ἔχοντες To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) Having
therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly therefore
these ταύτας The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) these
promises, ἐπαγγελίας An announcement (for information, assent or pledge; especially a divine assurance of good) promises
dearly beloved, ἀγαπητοί Beloved dearly beloved
let us cleanse καθαρίσωμεν To cleanse (literally or figuratively) let cleanse
ourselves ἑαυτοὺς (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc ourselves
from ἀπὸ "off," i.e., away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative) from
all παντὸς All, any, every, the whole all
filthiness μολυσμοῦ A stain; i.e., (figuratively) immorality filthiness
of the flesh σαρκὸς Flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e., (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specially), a human being (as such) flesh
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
spirit, πνεύματος A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit spirit
perfecting ἐπιτελοῦντες To fulfill further (or completely), i.e., execute; by implication, to terminate, undergo perfecting
holiness ἁγιωσύνην Sacredness (i.e., properly, the quality) holiness
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the fear φόβῳ Alarm or fright fear
of God. θεοῦ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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  • 1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

  • 2  Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

  • 3  I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.


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