Pursuing Gentleness

It is surprising that I found this becoming the learning point instead for me today. But I guess I should hardly be surprised by these miracles any more.

English Standard Version New American Standard Version
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,
– 2 Timothy 2:22-24
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
– 2 Timothy 2:22-24
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
– 1 Timothy 6:11
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
– 1 Timothy 6:11

Note the similar words “kind” and “gentleness” in the two letters sent to Timothy (hence the title of the books in the Bible).

ἤπιον (ēpion)
Adjective – Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong’s Greek 2261: Placid, gentle, mild. Probably from epos; properly, affable, i.e. Mild or kind.

2 Timothy 2:24. (accessed 11 Apr 2019). https://biblehub.com/2_timothy/2-24.htm.

[and] gentleness.
πραϋπαθίαν (praupathian)
Noun – Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong’s Greek 4240: Mildness, gentleness. From praus; mildness, i.e. humility…

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers

Meekness.–The German “sanftmuth”–the meekness of heart and feeling with which a Christian acts towards his enemies. His conduct who “when he was reviled, reviled not again” best exemplifies this virtue… [The King James Version renders ‘gentleness’ as ‘meekness’]

1 Timothy 6:11. (accessed 11 Apr 2019). https://biblehub.com/1_timothy/6-11.htm.

Prautēs, conjugated from the Greek of praus, is also found to describe the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:23. It is often translated as ‘gentleness’ or ‘meekness’. [However, it seems strange that the Thayer and Smith “Greek Lexicon entry for Praus” lists the term to be found only in Matthew 5:5; Matthew 21:5; 1 Peter 3:4 (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/praus.html). The Thayer and Smith. “Greek Lexicon entry for Prautes” lists the term to be found only in James 1:21; James 3:13; 1 Peter 3:15 (https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/prautes.html). Both refer to the King James Version]

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