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2 Corinthians 4:1

Paul’s Perseverance in Ministry

4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, 1  we do not become discouraged. 2 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9

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 4:16-18

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.”

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