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

  • STEPHEN WILDER
    STEVE WILDER...."BEARING ABOUT" THE DEATH OF OUR LORD IS LOOKING AT BOTH OUR IDENTIFICATION WITH HIM IN HIS DEATH (WHICH BY FAITH BRINGS US LIFE) AND THE MESSAGE WE PROCLAIM ABOUT HIS DEATH (WHICH BY FAITH CAN BRING LIFE TO OTHERS) AS ALSO OUR DAILY DIEING TO SELF AND ENDURING PERSECUTION BECAUSE OF OUR MESSAGE OF PREACHING "CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD".
  • Kathy Kelley
    What does 2Cor.4:10 mean ? Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the Life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
  • 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.
  • Sylvia
    The god of this age is Satan, he keeps lost sinners in the dark. (John 12:31) He is the ruler of this world in which we live today. Read Romans 11:25 and 2nd Corinthian 3:14-16. Satan doesn't want the light of salvation to shine in the hearts of sinners.

    GOD is the light of salvation. Amen!

    God is the light of salvation.
  • Bruce
    Richard!: You need to read that verse again. It says the god of this world has blinded the minds of those that don't believe. god of this world is Satan. He is still blinding people so they don't see The Light. Have you been called? John6:44--forgiving 1John 1:9- You "will" be Baptized with The Holy Ghost Matthew3:11. You will "know" impossible not to know!

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