2 Corinthians 4:18

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

While we looke not at the things which are seene, but at þe things which are not seene: for the things which are seene, are temporall, but the things which are not seene, are eternall.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
- American Standard Version (1901)

While our minds are not on the things which are seen, but on the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are for a time; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
- Basic English Bible

while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen; for the things that are seen [are] for a time, but those that are not seen eternal.
- Darby Bible

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
- Webster's Bible

while we look not at things seen, but things unseen; for things seen are temporary, but things unseen are eternal.
- Weymouth Bible

while we don't look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
- World English Bible

while that we biholden not tho thingis that ben seyn, but tho that ben not seyn. For tho thingis that ben seyn, ben but durynge for a schort tyme; but tho thingis that ben not seyn, ben euerlastynge.
- Wycliffe Bible

we not looking to the things seen, but to the things not seen; for the things seen [are] temporary, but the things not seen [are] age-during.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:18


4:18 The things that are seen - Men, money, things of earth. The things that are not seen - God, grace, heaven.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:18


2Co 4:18 While we look not at things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. Our eyes are fixed on the unseen things beyond, the glory that the flesh cannot behold. Hence, we turn away from present afflictions as momentary, as belonging to the seen and the transient, and only regard them as adding to the weight of our unseen, eternal joys. Our goal is beyond. For the things which are seen [are] temporal. All material things, and all that the world values, are perishing. All things of sense shall pass away; Caesar's greatness, the might of Roman power, the strength of man, the glory of the magnificence of Corinth; even the visible heavens and the earth. But the things which are not seen [are] eternal. The things which the sense see not, but which faith reveals--God, heaven, the unseen spirit. Let the eye be turned upon the unseen, rather than the things of sense.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 4

  • Bruce
    lords boby: How does reading 1611 stop private interpretations
  • Lords body
    I read the 1611 version precisely to avoid private interpretation.
  • ChrisC607
    Am I the only one that has a severe issue with how many different versions of one small paragraph there are? Who gives anyone the right to manipulate the words of the Bible itself? Why do we accept corporations that are profiting from the sales of Bibles changing the words? Humans are blind to the truth and his ways. Judge not, yet so quick to point fingers. Follow his guidance, or idolize a book?
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:1 THEREFORE SEEING WE HAVE THIS MINISTRY AS WE HAVE RECEIVED MERCY WE FAINT NOT 4:2 BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS NOR HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD-----JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE .....
  • Steve morrow
    2 cor 4:1 therefore seeing we have this ministry as we have received mercy we faint not 2 BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS NOR HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY BUT BY-------BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH-------COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD 3 BUT IF OUR GOSPEL BE HID IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST
  • Irene123
    Satan was cast out of heaven with his angels before Gen. for rebelling against God; wanting to usurp God's authority and be 'God' himself and he had a host of angels that followed him. This was done before Adam 'n Eve. The testimony of this event is corroborated by Jesus Himself - Lk.10:18. The prince of the power of the air, Eph.2:2. Tit.2:12, we are 'in' the world, but not 'of' it, Jn.15:19, 17.

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