Vincent Word Studies - 2 Peter 1:8 - 1:8

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Be in you (ὑπάρχοντα)

Rev., are yours; following the sense of possession which legitimately belongs to the verb; as Mat 19:21, that thou hast; 1Co 13:3, goods. In the sense of being the verb is stronger than the simple εἶναι, to be; denoting being which is from the beginning, and therefore attaching to a person as a proper characteristic; something belonging to him, and so running into the idea of rightful possession as above.

Barren (ἀργοὺς)

From ἀ, not, and ἔργον, work. Hence, more correctly, as Rev., idle. Compare “idle word” (Mat 12:36); “standing idle” (Mat 20:3, Mat 20:6); also, 1Ti 5:13. The tautology, barren and unfruitful, is thus avoided.

In the knowledge (εἰς)

Rev., more correctly, unto. The idea is not idleness in the knowledge, but idleness in pressing on and developing toward and finally reaching the knowledge. With this agrees the compound ἐπίγνωσιν, the constantly increasing and finally full knowledge.