This again produces meekness, which disposes us to bear with our brethren, and thus to preserve that unity which would otherwise be broken a hundred times in a day. b. We are in absolute dependence on God” (pp. πρᾳότης, or better πραΰτης (TTrWH) in the later form and without iota subscript; cf. Since we are admittedly imperfect, ", Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, "You are reading five lines further down than you were yesterday when we started. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/ephesians-4.html. Though passive virtues, they imply in their true nature greater strength of character, and greater real magnanimity, often, than the more showy and turbulent heroisms. But the very repetition of the preposition, to which appeal is made, most naturally points backwards, so that μετὰ μακροθ. ), the abnegation of revenge in presence of wrong—the opposite of ὀργή (Proverbs 16:32), ὀξοθυμία (James 1:19), etc., and akin to ὑπομονή (2 Corinthians 6:4; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Colossians 1:11; 2 Timothy 3:10; James 5:10-11). A spirit of fault-finding; an unsatisfied temper; a constant irritability; little inequalities in the look, the temper, or the manner; a brow cloudy and dissatisfied - your husband or your wife cannot tell why - will more than neutralize all the good you can do, and render life anything but a blessing. Special attention is given to contrast the worldly unity (which is superficial unity) with God's true unity. ταπεινοφροσύνη is lowliness of mind, opposed to τὰ ὑψηλα φρονοῦντες. The meaning here is, that; we adorn the gospel when we show its power in enabling us to bear injuries without anger or a desire of revenge, or with a mild and forgiving spirit; see 2 Corinthians 10:1; Galatians 5:23; Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:25; Titus 3:2; where the same Greek word occurs. With longsuffering; bearing much and long with the infirmities of each other; without being easily provoked to anger by any ill usage; and not immediately meditating and seeking revenge for every affront given, or injury done; and so to walk, is to walk worthy of the grace of calling, or agreeable to it, to God that calls by his grace, who is longsuffering both with wicked men, and with his own people. “Lowliness”: Humility. The special graces which the apostle recommends unto us, as excellent helps for preserving unity and peace; namely, humility, meekness, mutual forbearance. The heart may be flooded with a shining sea of religious emotion; the imagination may be glowing like the heavens at sunset with purple and golden splendour; but as emotion becomes more intense, and as our conception of the Christian life becomes more and more glorious, the infinite greatness of God’s righteousness and power and grace will inspire us with deeper wonder and awe. ; Schmidt, Synon., 98, 2.— μετὰ μακροθυμίας: with long-suffering. Christian humility comes from setting life beside the life of Christ. We see no good ground for this construction. Believers should practice all these virtues with loving forbearance toward one another (cf. Humility is a proper assessment of oneself in God"s program. ἀλλήλ., taken alone, renders the discourse simply abrupt. There is another way of putting this. I replied that I wasn"t sure how she could say that since they hadn"t checked the day before. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Observe, 2. It may relate to the person that has forgiven seventy times six times already and needs to forgive again. If it resents them at all, the resentment will be a protest against the violation of Divine laws rather than a protest against a refusal to acknowledge its personal rights. Self-satisfaction depends on the standard with which we compare ourselves. Proud member With longsuffering, - Bearing patiently with the foibles, faults, and infirmities of others; see the notes on 1 Corinthians 13:4. N.T. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. ‘Putting up with one another,’ cf. "Meekness" means being under God"s control and in subjection to His will (James 1:21), and at the same time being on call to serve others (James 1:26-27). He has a temperament different from our own. She immediately was in a huff, and took my glasses, popped a cover over my good eye and had me read the scale of letters. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. It is a moral quality, therefore, with a far wider scope, a larger significance, a deeper and more vital relation to character than was thought of by the philosophers and moralists of the old world, who regarded it only as the opposite of ἀγριότης, savageness (Plato, Symp., 197 d), χαλεπότης, harshness (Arist., Hist. Where love is strong and prevalent, we shall perform many acts of mutual forbearance. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Ephesians 4:2, CSB: "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," What does Ephesians 4:2 mean? "Commentary on Ephesians 4:2". Ephesians 4:2 “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love”. 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All rights reserved worldwide. "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". ‘Meekness’ is a gentleness, resting on ‘lowliness,’ humble submission to God, and a consequent mildness toward men as His instruments, as if to say: ‘Have I been helped, then I do not know who should not be helped’ (Braune). The first two nouns are governed by one preposition, for they are closely associated in meaning, the “meekness” being after all only a phrase of the “lowliness of mind,” and resting on it. "Commentary on Ephesians 4:2". is attached by Calvin, Estius, Zeltner, Calixtus, Baumgarten, Michaelis, Zachariae, Rückert, Holzhausen, Harless, Olshausen, to the following ἀνεχόμενοι. 1874-1909. Comp. 2. μετἀ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης καὶ πραὔτητος. (, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. But this gives one long sentence, which obscures the transition from idea to idea and makes the several clauses less distinctive.