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2 Corinthians 4:6-7

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4:6 For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” 1  is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge 2  of God in the face of Christ. 3 

An Eternal Weight of Glory

4:7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power 4  belongs to God and does not come from us.

1 sn An allusion to Gen 1:3; see also Isa 9:2.

2 tn Grk “the light of the knowledge of the glory”; δόξης (doxhs) has been translated as an attributive genitive.

3 tc ‡ Most witnesses, including several early and important ones (Ì46 א C H Ψ 0209 1739c Ï sy), read ᾿Ιησοῦ Χριστοῦ (Ihsou Cristou, “Jesus Christ”), while other important witnesses, especially of the Western text (D F G 0243 630 1739* 1881 lat Ambst), have Χριστοῦ ᾿Ιησοῦ. The reading with just Χριστοῦ is found in A B 33 {sa} Tert {Or Ath Chr}. Even though the witnesses for the shorter reading are not numerous, they are weighty. And in light of the natural scribal proclivity to fill out the text, particularly with reference to divine names, as well as the discrepancy among the witnesses as to the order of the names, the simple reading Χριστοῦ seems to be the best candidate for authenticity. NA27 reads ᾿Ιησοῦ Χριστοῦ with ᾿Ιησοῦ in brackets, indicating doubts as to its authenticity.

4 tn Grk “the surpassingness of the power”; δυνάμεως (dunamew") has been translated as an attributed genitive (“extraordinary power”).



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