2 Timothy 1:7
King James Version (KJV)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
New International Version (NIV)
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
“for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”
New American Bible (NASB)
“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
The Living Bible (TLB)
“For the Holy Spirit, God’s gift, does not want you to be afraid of people, but to be wise and strong, and to love them and enjoy being with them.”
Power, Love, and a Sound Mind
It’s important to know that the type of FEAR that is referenced in this scripture is not the same fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom. The fear in this verse comes from the Greek word “ekphobos” which means “greatly terrified”. This type of fear does not come from God.
He gives us a spirit of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND.
While some versions say “self-control” or “self-discipline”, one would be to have a “sound mind” to have the other two. “Sound mind” comes from a combination of the greek words sodzo and phroneo. It means “a mind that has been delivered or rescued.” So powerful. And so re-assuring that God has given us what we need to survive and thrive in the Kingdom, while here on this earth.