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2 Corinthians 4:9b

Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians   9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—   struck down, but not destroyed [ruined]— “Struck down” means that enemies of Paul’s gospel team hunted them down and harmed them. They suffered physical violence...

2 Corinthians 4:9

Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians   9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—   9 persecuted, but not forsaken [abandoned]; Although Paul’s team faced persecution, God did not forsake them (Josh 1:5; Deut 4:31; 31:6, 8; 2 Ti 4:16-17). Their...

2 Corinthians 4:8b

Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians   8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;   we are perplexed, but not in despair; “Perplexed” and “despair” are similar words in the Greek implying total despair. “Perplexed” is to...

2 Corinthians 4:8

Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians   8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;    Verse 7 stated that Paul’s team carried the treasure of divine power in their ministry. Verses 8 and 9 describe their difficulty in...

2 Corinthians 4:7b

Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians   7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.   that the excellence [all-surpassing] of the power may be of God The all-surpassing power of delivering the message of...

2 Corinthians 4:7

Read Introduction to 2 Corinthians   7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.    Verses 7-12 details the suffering of Paul’s team in ministry. Their ability to minister under duress is a...