2 Corinthians 4:8-9Context
4:8 We are experiencing trouble on every side, 3 but are not crushed; we are perplexed, 4 but not driven to despair; 4:9 we are persecuted, but not abandoned; 5 we are knocked down, 6 but not destroyed,
2 Corinthians 4:16-18Context
4:16 Therefore we do not despair, 7 but even if our physical body 8 is wearing away, our inner person 9 is being renewed day by day. 4:17 For our momentary, light suffering 10 is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison 4:18 because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
1 tn Grk “just as we have been shown mercy”; ἠλεήθημεν (hlehqhmen) has been translated as a “divine passive” which is a circumlocution for God as the active agent. For clarity this was converted to an active construction with God as subject in the translation.
2 tn Or “we do not lose heart.”
3 tn Grk “we are hard pressed [by crowds] on every side.”
4 tn Or “at a loss.”
5 tn Or “forsaken.”
6 tn Or “badly hurt.” It is possible to interpret καταβαλλόμενοι (kataballomenoi) here as “badly hurt”: “[we are] badly hurt, but not destroyed” (L&N 20.21).
7 tn Or “do not lose heart.”
8 tn Grk “our outer man.”
9 tn Grk “our inner [man].”
10 tn Grk “momentary lightness of affliction.”