2 Corinthians 4:7

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But we haue this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellencie of the power may be of God, and not of vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But we have this wealth in vessels of earth, so that it may be seen that the power comes not from us but from God;
- Basic English Bible

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be of God, and not from us:
- Darby Bible

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not from us.
- Webster's Bible

But we have this treasure in a fragile vase of clay, in order that the surpassing greatness of the power may be seen to belong to God, and not to originate in us.
- Weymouth Bible

But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.
- World English Bible

And we han this tresour in britil vessels, that the worthinesse be of Goddis vertu, and not of vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:7


4:7 But we - Not only the apostles, but all true believers. Have this treasure - Of divine light, love, glory. In earthen vessels - In frail, feeble, perishing bodies. He proceeds to show, that afflictions, yea, death itself, are so far from hindering the ministration of the Spirit, that they even further it, sharpen the ministers, and increase the fruit. That the excellence of the power, which works these in us, may undeniably appear to be of God.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:7


2Co 4:7 We have this treasure in earthen vessels. The treasure of the knowledge of Christ and of the ministry of the gospel of life. Perhaps his enemies pointed to his sorrows as a proof that he was not so favored as a minister of Christ. A splendid treasure was placed in a fragile, cheap earthen vessel. Then it was manifest that the great work wrought was the power of God, and not from us, the apostles and evangelists.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 4

  • Paul West
    God's word is truth and powerful full of Grace! Faithful is the who called us to glory shall finish the work
    He begin in you to be comformed to the image of Christ Jesus! We are eternally saved bought and paid for in full chosenin Christ Jesus by God from the foundation of the world to be Children of the living God.
  • Sandy
    No matter what the evil ones throw at you, dodge it keep pushing on Gods got your back. If you truly believe have faith and TRUST GOD!
  • Jennifer
    That we shouldn't only emphasis on the things we see but those that are not seen.for those that are seen will pass away and the unseen will live forever.chapter 4:18
  • Yvonne
    What more can we add to the comment of Lakeaffex's... If the world could only realize that real life will be lived after we've learned our lessons in this life, but most of the time we think that what we see will last and we gather things that will not last, the things that we not see will enrich our lives and most of all the Love of our Redeemer Jesus Christ.... that will last forever, Thank God for that!
  • Lakeaffex for verse 4
    So many people these days, use their philosophies to refute Christians and the Bible, saying there is no God. But they have deceived themselves. They do believe in god, not the God of the Bible, but the god of themselves. They have put themselves on the throne of their hearts, deciding what is right and wrong, what is truth and what is error. Of course, this god changes attributes from person to person because what may be right to one is not necessarily right for another, shifting sand in practice. But, their god s all share a common denominator, they arise from the original exalter of himself, Satan. I will says the god of this world. As Christians we should humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that we should be exalted in due time. Put Christ on the throne of your heart, bow the knee, He is the true God and the firm foundation to build your life upon. He is the truth the life and the way!
  • Lillie Holloway
    I love the word of God.... Beautiful instructions in this Chapter...

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