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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.
But he that lacketh ° these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten ° that he was purged from his old sins.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

1:5 virtue. “Virtue” is not mere moral goodness, but spiritual valor, or strength of character.

1:7 brotherly kindness. “Brotherly kindness” (Greek philadelphia) is elsewhere translated “brotherly love.”

1:7 charity. “Charity” (Greek agape) is commonly rendered “love.” This type of love is thus distinct from brotherly love. It involves deep respect for a person, recognizing the value and interests of that person, and caring for him or her as a person of genuine worth.

1:8 barren. “Barren” means, literally “idle.” A fruitful and effective Christian life and work will be the natural product of true Christian character.

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