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2 Corinthians 1:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Now he that establisheth us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Now he who establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Now he that establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, [is] God,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Now, he that confirmeth us, together with you, for Christ, and hath anointed us, is God:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and He who is confirming you with us into Christ, and did anoint us, [is] God,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Now he that confirmeth us with you in Christ and that hath anointed us, is God:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Now hee which stablisheth vs with you, in Christ, and hath anoynted vs, [is] God,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But Aloha himself confirmeth us with you in the Meshiha, who himself hath anointed us,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Now it is God who establisheth us, with you, in the Messiah, and hath anointed us,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Now 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
he which stablisheth 950
{0950} Prime
From G0949; to stabilitate (figuratively).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
us 2248
{2248} Prime
Accusative plural of G1473; us.
with 4862
{4862} Prime
A primary preposition denoting union; with or together (but much closer than G3326 or G3844), that is, by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.
you 5213
{5213} Prime
Irregular dative case of G5210; to (with or by) you.
in 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
Christ, 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
hath anointed 5548
{5548} Prime
Probably akin to G5530 through the idea of contact; to smear or rub with oil, that is, (by implication) to consecrate to an office or religious service.
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
us, 2248
{2248} Prime
Accusative plural of G1473; us.
[is] God; 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 1:21

_ _ stablisheth us ... in Christ — that is, in the faith of Christ — in believing in Christ.

_ _ anointed us — As “Christ” is the “Anointed” (which His name means), so “He hath anointed (Greek,chrisas”) us,” ministers and believing people alike, with the Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22; 1 John 2:20, 1 John 2:27). Hence we become “a sweet savor of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 1:15-24.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 1:21

I say, to the glory of God — For it is God alone that is able to fulfil these promises. That establisheth us — Apostles and teachers. With you — All true believers. In the faith of Christ; and hath anointed us — With the oil of gladness, with joy in the Holy Ghost, thereby giving us strength both to do and suffer his will.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 1:21

(13) Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God;

(13) He attributes the praise of this constancy only to the grace of God, through the Holy Spirit. In addition he concludes that they cannot doubt of his faith and his fellows, without doing injury to the Spirit of God, seeing that they themselves know all this to be true.

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2 Corinthians 5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing [is] God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
Psalms 37:23-24 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. ... Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand.
Psalms 87:5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
Psalms 89:4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2 Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].


Psalms 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this [is] my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that [is] upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him].
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
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