2 Corinthians 4:8

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wee are troubled on euery side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despaire,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{we are} afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

`we are' pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Troubles are round us on every side, but we are not shut in; things are hard for us, but we see a way out of them;
- Basic English Bible

every way afflicted, but not straitened; seeing no apparent issue, but our way not entirely shut up;
- Darby Bible

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
- Webster's Bible

We are hard pressed, yet never in absolute distress; perplexed, yet never utterly baffled;
- Weymouth Bible

We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair;
- World English Bible

In alle thingis we suffren tribulacioun, but we ben not angwischid, or annoyed; we ben maad pore, but `we lacken nothing; we suffren persecucioun,
- Wycliffe Bible

on every side being in tribulation, but not straitened; perplexed, but not in despair;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:8


4:8 We are troubled, &c. - The four articles in this verse respect inward, the four in the next outward, afflictions. In each clause the former part shows the earthen vessels; the latter, the excellence of the power. Not crushed - Not swallowed up in care and anxiety. Perplexed - What course to take, but never despairing of his power and love to carry us through.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:8


2Co 4:8,9 In these two verses are four pairs of contrasts which should the frailty of the instruments and the greatness of the power: (1) Troubled on every side, yet not distressed. "pressed on every side" (Revised Version), but not hemmed in by the pressure. (2) Perplexed, but not in despair. In apparently overwhelming difficulties, but never reduced to despair. (3) Persecuted, but not forsaken. Persecuted by their enemies, but not forsaken and delivered over to them. (4) Cast down, but not destroyed. Overthrown and cast to the earth, but even then rescued from the enemy, standing over them prostrate, so that they are not destroyed.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 4

  • Leroy
    Passion. You need a heartfilled passion for God. David had a heart for God. He firstly had a heart for his sheep when he fought a lion and a bear to fend them off. If you have a passion you will protect it. God has passion for you and protects you. Without passion without genuine Faith you cannot see the face of God. To see the Face of God you need to see the Spirit of God.
  • Keith Williams
    I think we put too much into things we can see but not enough into the things we can not see. Because things we see will be lost but things we can not see is eternal. If we would put more emphasis on our spirits this world would be a better place.
  • 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
  • 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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