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

  • 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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