2 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Corinthians 4:8

“Wee are troubled on euery side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despaire,”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair;
- King James Version

{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

  • Israel Kuda
    For me, this is the ultimate chapter of the bible. My favourite! It traverses our faith from end to end. Makes references to the creation of the world whilst illustrating the creation of the new man in Christ v6 , emboldens us to get through unfavourable circumstances v9-10 sets the course of the faith life in Christ v13 by which we have the assurance of the eternal weight of glory v17 !!!
  • Nancy Senior
    We have this treasure. The treasure is the Holy Ghost.the earthen vessel is our body. God living in us by his spirit, working through us.
  • Ray321
    Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Amen
  • BSP
    Verse 18: Keeping our minds focused on the future blessings promised by Jehovah God in the Bible can help us to have hope and endure any present circumstances and struggles that we are facing.
  • Ray321
    2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: I don't ever want to hind the gospel from anybody. If I don't preach the GOSPEL, I am lost. It's hard for a saved born again child of God not to preach the GOSPEL. The Gospel is Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Lords body
    I read the 1611 version precisely to avoid private interpretation.

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