From the very beginning, God’s “revelation” to mankind has been on a need to know basis. This fact has been true from the creation of Adam up to the time of Moses (approximately 2,000 years - before the written “Scripture of Truth”); and from Moses’ time up to the death of the Apostle John (approximately 2,000 years – during the writing and recording of the “Oracles of God”, i.e. the “Scripture of Truth”); and from the death of the Apostle John up to the present time (approximately 2,000 years – after the close of the “Canon” of the “Scripture of Truth”).

 

God’s “revelation” to His people (Old Testament “saints” & New Testament “saints”) has been “progressive” – both in the number and kind of Books of the Holy Scriptures, and in the steady advancement and factual exposition of His Truth to His people over the years.

 

I undertook this study with the sincere intention of learning the Scriptural Definition for each of the words knowledge; understanding; discernment; and wisdom. But the more I searched the Scriptures for the definition of each word, the more I came to realize that I have only begun to understand the Scriptural “meaning” for each of the words.

 

The following observations are not “set in stone” - nor are they meant to be: After searching the Scriptures, it is my firm belief that all four of these Biblical words are distinct (in meaning) from each other; and it behooves us (as Bible believers) to learn those differences in order to discern between the knowledge, understanding, discernment, and wisdom of the world - which is temporal, secular, & carnal; and that knowledge, understanding, discernment, and wisdom which is of God - which is spiritually true.

 

OBSERVATIONS FROM SCRIPTURE ON

 

Knowledge Discernment Understanding Wisdom

 

“KNOWLEDGE” (Scriptural & Spiritual) = WHO or WHAT {Information & Data}

 

“DISCERNMENT” (Spiritual) = WHERE {The Ability to Distinguish Between Good & Evil}

 

“UNDERSTANDING” (Spiritual) = WHY {Reasoning, Acumen, and Comprehension}

 

“WISDOM” (Spiritual) = HOW {Understanding HOW to apply the Knowledge that we have received from God - through Obedience to Revealed Truth, and by means of Holy and Righteous Living in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.}

 

KNOWLEDGE

 

FIRST OCCURRENCE IN SCRIPTURE {the word “knowledge” = 172 times in 169 verses}

 

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

MANKIND’S QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE

 

Man’s quest for more and more “knowledge” appears to be never ending! At the present time, people’s thirst for “knowledge” is insatiable. The Holy Scriptures state that at “the time of the end” . . . .  knowledge shall be increased[Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.].

 

There has never been a time in recorded history where “knowledge” has “increased” at the pace or volume as it has in the last 50 to 60 years; and along with the vast increase in knowledge amongst the people of the world there has been (generally speaking) a corresponding tragic decrease in personal Scriptural knowledge - not only amongst the general population, but also amongst most of those people who call themselves “Christians”.  

DIFFERENT KINDS OF KNOWLEDGE

 

In this world there exist different kinds of “KNOWLEDGE”. It is important for Bible believers to distinguish between “worldly knowledge” - i.e. “knowledge” that is not spiritual, but merely human, temporal, secular, and carnal; and “Godly Knowledge” - i.e. “spiritual knowledge” that is given or taught by God, and which comes directly from God.

 

According to the Holy Scriptures - all true (genuine) “spiritual knowledge” is derived from, and is given by, Almighty God [Proverbs 2:6; Ecclesiastes 2:26; Daniel 2:21; 1Corinthians 12:8]. Since the foregoing statement is scripturally true – then it follows that all of the truth, i.e. “spiritual knowledge”, that mankind possesses came to some man (at some point in time) from God.

 

When Christians engage in the study of God’s Holy word the first thing that they must do is distinguish the difference between “Bible Knowledge” (Information & Data about the Bible and Bible subjects) and “Godly Knowledge” (Information & Data from Almighty God that is always factually true; scripturally sound; and spiritually edifying).

 

BIBLE KNOWLEDGE = WHO or WHAT {Information and Data about the Bible and Bible Subjects}

 

GODLY KNOWLEDGE = WHO or WHAT {Information and Data from Almighty God that is always Factually True; Scripturally Sound; and Spiritually Edifying.}

 

{Much of the information & data that is being taught in “Bible” Schools and “Christian” Colleges and Universities today fits into the first category (i.e. “Bible Knowledge”), and depending upon the institution, most of which is “second hand knowledge” (from man) at best.}

 

 

GODLY KNOWLEDGE

 

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORDS {Scriptural Knowledge, i.e. “knowledge of the truth”}

 

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

 

1 Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

2 Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

 

GODLY KNOWLEDGE {Spiritual “Knowledge” - Given by God}

 

2 Chronicles 1:11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.

 

Ecclesiastes 2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

 

Jeremiah 11:18 And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.

Daniel 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

 

Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

 

1 Corinthians 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

 

1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 

Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

 

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

 

1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

GODLY KNOWLEDGE {Taught by God}

 

Job 36:22 Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?

 

Psalms 94:10 He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know?

 

Psalms 25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

 

Psalms 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

 

Psalms 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

 

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

 

Psalms 132:12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.

 

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

 

John 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 

1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
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.

 

GODLY KNOWLEDGE {Taught by man}

 

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

 

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

 

Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

 

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

 

MEN REQUEST “KNOWLEDGE” FROM GOD {“Knowledge” - in order to obey His Will}

 

Psalms 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

 

Psalms 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

 

Psalms 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

 

Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

 

Psalms 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;

 

Psalms 119:12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

 

Psalms 119:26 I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

 

Psalms 119:33 HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

 

Psalms 119:64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

 

Psalms 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

 

Psalms 119:68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

 

Psalms 119:108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.

 

Psalms 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

 

Psalms 119:135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

 

“KNOWLEDGE” GIVEN BY GOD {Talent and Ability (given by God) to accomplish a given Task}

 

Exodus 31:3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

 

Exodus 35:31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

 

OUR RESPONSIBILITY REGARDING KNOWLEDGE

Job 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

Job 36:3 I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Proverbs 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

Proverbs 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

Proverbs 10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

Proverbs 12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Proverbs 13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

Proverbs 14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Proverbs 14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

Proverbs 14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Proverbs 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

Proverbs 15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

Proverbs 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Proverbs 19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

Proverbs 22:17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

THE “KNOWLEDGE” OF GOD {The “Knowledge” of the Person of Almighty God}

 

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

 

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

 

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

 

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

 

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Job 21:22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

Numbers 24:16 He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:

2 Chronicles 30:22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.

Psalms 139:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

Proverbs 30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.

Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 

THE “KNOWLEDGE” OF GOD’S WAYS

Job 21:14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

 

THE “KNOWLEDGE” OF GOD’S WILL {“Spiritual Knowledge”}

 

Psalms 143:10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

 

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

 

THE “KNOWLEDGE” OF “GOOD” & “EVIL” {to be Aware of the Existence of “Good” & “Evil}

 

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

 

Deuteronomy 1:39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.

 

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

 

Nehemiah 10:28 And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

 

THE “KNOWLEDGE” OF “SIN” {to be Aware of the Existence of “Sin” & its deadly effects on man}

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Leviticus 4:23 Or if his sin, wherein he hath sinned, come to his knowledge; he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a male without blemish:

Leviticus 4:28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.

Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Psalms 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Jeremiah 14:20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

 

THE “KNOWLEDGE” OF THE WORLD {Worldly Knowledge” - temporal; secular, & carnal}

Job 15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

Isaiah 47:10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me. {Humanism}

 

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. {Humanism}

 

SOME GENERAL FACTS CONCERNING “KNOWLEDGE”

 

2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? {“Knowledge”- to perform specific tasks}

 

Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

 

Proverbs 22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

 

Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. { human, secular, & carnal  - “spiritual knowledge”}

Hosea 4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Luke 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

Acts 24:22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.

Romans 2:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.

2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.

 

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Colossians 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.