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2 Corinthians 6:9

ESV as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed;
NIV known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
NASB as unknown and yet well known, as dying and yet behold, we are alive; as punished and yet not put to death,
CSB as unknown, yet recognized; as dying, yet see--we live; as being disciplined, yet not killed;
NLT We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed.
KJV As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

What does 2 Corinthians 6:9 mean?

Paul continues to list all he and his co-workers for the gospel of Jesus have endured in order to carry out their mission. He has also itemized their positive responses to suffering, along with evidence of God's power in and through them. He is commending himself in this way to counter the accusations of some in Corinth who were apparently accusing him of falsehood.

Now he adds that he and his co-workers have been treated as if they were unknown. Paul likely did not mean that people were not aware of him. Certainly those he had ministered to and those who opposed him knew who Paul was. He likely means that he has not been rightly acknowledged as Christ's representative and apostle. He counters that by insisting that he and his co-workers are well known. This was true of all who had believed his message and put their trust in Christ. Paul and his fellow workers were also, of course, known by God. That mattered most of all to him (2 Timothy 2:19).

Paul adds that he and his co-workers for Christ have been treated as if they are dying, though they live, and punished or beaten, though they are not killed. Paul regularly lived on the edge of death. He began this letter by describing a recent event that brought them very close to death (2 Corinthians 1:8–9). Paul also will go on to describe being beaten for proclaiming Christ (2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:23–25). Still, he has endured to this point. He offers this, as well, as evidence that God is with him in his ministry.
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