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

  • 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.
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT--LEST THE LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL--OF CHRIST WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM**PROVERBS 18:21 DEATH AND LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE AND THEY THAT LOVE IT SHALL EAT THE FRUIT THEREOF**JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED
  • Bruce
    lords boby: How does reading 1611 stop private interpretations

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