Updated: Mar 19, 2019
A word study in 2 Peter 1:5-11
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue
knowledge,” (2 Peter 1:5).
“Virtue” means “a virtuous course of thought, feeling, and action,” that is, moral
excellence or moral goodness. It means a person has determined to do what is right.
The literal meaning is to “supply in your faith” virtue.
One writer says virtue is “Christian manliness and active courage in the good fight of
faith,” communicating the idea that virtue is not reticent but rather it is a picture of
strength and power.
Virtue, then, enhances faith, giving a Christian the strength and moral courage to
make his faith known, regardless of the situation.