2 Peter 1:9
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English Standard Version
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

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

American Standard Version
For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, having forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

English Revised Version
For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purified from his old sins.

Weymouth New Testament
For the man in whom they are lacking is blind and cannot see distant objects, in that he has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his old sins.

2 Peter 1:9 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

But (γὰρ)

Wrong. Render as Rev., for.

He that lacketh these things (ᾧ μὴ πάρεστιν ταῦτα)

Lit., to whom these things are not present. Note that a different word is used here from that in 2 Peter 1:8, are yours, to convey the idea of possession. Instead of speaking of the gifts as belonging to the Christian by habitual, settled possession, he denotes them now as merely present with him.

Blind (τυφλός)

Illustrating Peter's emphasis on sight as a medium of instruction. See Introduction.

And cannot see afar off (μυωπάζων)

Only here in New Testament. From μύω, to close, and ὤψ, the eye. Closing or contracting the eyes like short-sighted people. Hence, to be short-sighted. The participle being short-sighted is added to the adjective blind, defining it; as if he had said, is blind, that is, short-sighted spiritually; seeing only things present and not heavenly things. Compare John 9:41. Rev. renders, seeing only what is near.

And hath forgotten (λήθην λαβὼν)

Lit., having taken forgetfulness. A unique expression, the noun occurring only here in the New Testament. Compare a similar phrase, 2 Timothy 1:5, ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν, having taken remembrance: A. V., when I call to remembrance: Rev., having been reminded of. Some expositors find in the expression a suggestion of a voluntary acceptance of a darkened condition. This is doubtful, however. Lumby thinks that it marks the advanced years of the writer, since he adds to failure of sight the failure of memory, that faculty on which the aged dwell more than on sight.

That he was purged (τοῦ καθαρισμοῦ)

Rev., more literally, the cleansing.

2 Peter 1:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

lacketh.

2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge...

Mark 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said to him, One thing you lack: go your way, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor...

Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said to him, Yet lack you one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute to the poor...

Galatians 5:6,13 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love...

James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him...

blind.

John 9:40,41 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also...

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost...

1 John 2:9-11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now...

Revelation 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable...

that he.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature...

2 Peter 2:18-20 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...

Romans 6:1-4,11 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound...

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God...

1 Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism does also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh...

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another...

Cross References
Ephesians 5:26
that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Titus 2:14
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

1 John 2:11
But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

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