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2 Corinthians 6:5

ESV beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger;
NIV in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
NASB in beatings, in imprisonments, in mob attacks, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger,
CSB by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
NLT We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food.
KJV In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

What does 2 Corinthians 6:5 mean?

This verse begins building a list of evidence that Paul and his co-workers have operated with great integrity, sincerity, and purity of motive in preaching the gospel of Jesus. The implied question for the items listed in this verse is, "Why would we have gone through all of this if we had a self-serving motive for our ministry?"

Early believers, especially leaders like the apostles, endured beatings by outraged Jewish religious leaders for preaching that salvation could only be found in Christ alone and not in following the law. They spent time in Roman prisons. They were attacked by rioting mobs. They labored to the point of exhaustion both in the ministry and in the secular work they had to do to support themselves. They experienced sleepless nights and great hunger, either because of poverty or in fasting.

The list continues in the following verse with positive things Paul and his co-workers have engaged in during their time in ministry.
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