2 Corinthians 4:1
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New International Version
Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.

New Living Translation
Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.

English Standard Version
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart,

King James Bible
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up.

International Standard Version
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown to us, we do not get discouraged.

NET Bible
Therefore, since we have this ministry, just as God has shown us mercy, we do not become discouraged.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, it has not been tiresome to us in this ministry which we hold, as mercy has been upon us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We don't become discouraged, since God has given us this ministry through his mercy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, according to the mercy we have received, we fault not,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

American King James Version
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

American Standard Version
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore, seeing we have this ministration, according as we have obtained mercy, we faint not;

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore, having this ministry, as we have had mercy shewn us, we faint not.

English Revised Version
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not:

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore, seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore, being engaged in this service and being mindful of the mercy which has been shown us, we are not cowards.

World English Bible
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we don't faint.

Young's Literal Translation
Because of this, having this ministration, according as we did receive kindness, we do not faint,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-7 The best of men would faint, if they did not receive mercy from God. And that mercy which has helped us out, and helped us on, hitherto, we may rely upon to help us even to the end. The apostles had no base and wicked designs, covered with fair and specious pretences. They did not try to make their ministry serve a turn. Sincerity or uprightness will keep the favourable opinion of wise and good men. Christ by his gospel makes a glorious discovery to the minds of men. But the design of the devil is, to keep men in ignorance; and when he cannot keep the light of the gospel of Christ out of the world, he spares no pains to keep men from the gospel, or to set them against it. The rejection of the gospel is here traced to the wilful blindness and wickedness of the human heart. Self was not the matter or the end of the apostles' preaching; they preached Christ as Jesus, the Saviour and Deliverer, who saves to the uttermost all that come to God through him. Ministers are servants to the souls of men; they must avoid becoming servants to the humours or the lusts of men. It is pleasant to behold the sun in the firmament; but it is more pleasant and profitable for the gospel to shine in the heart. As light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is his first work upon the soul. The treasure of gospel light and grace is put into earthen vessels. The ministers of the gospel are subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other men. God could have sent angels to make known the glorious doctrine of the gospel, or could have sent the most admired sons of men to teach the nations, but he chose humbler, weaker vessels, that his power might be more glorified in upholding them, and in the blessed change wrought by their ministry.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Therefore. Because of the freedom and open vision of the gospel. As we have received mercy. Gratitude for a mercy so undeserved (1 Timothy 1:13) makes us fearless and vigorous in a ministry so glorious (Acts 20:23, 24). We faint not. The word implies the maintenance of a holy courage (1 Corinthians 16:13) and perseverance (2 Thessalonians 3:13). It occurs again in ver. 16, and in Luke 18:1; Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 3:13.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore seeing we have this ministry,.... The apostle having largely insisted on the difference between the law and the Gospel, the ministration of the one and of the other, proceeds to give an account of his own conduct, and that of his fellow apostles and ministers: "we", says he, "faint not"; under all the reproaches cast upon us, persecutions raised against us, and tribulations that attend us; we do not sink in our spirits, or give out from the ministry; we go on cheerfully in our work, in the thee of all opposition, encouraged by the consideration of the excellency of the ministry, which they had from the Lord, were put into, and continued in; which was so valuable in itself, and so useful in its effects; being the ministration of the Spirit and of righteousness, having in it such an excelling glory to the law, and attended with so much light and liberty: to which he adds the consideration of the mercy of God they were partakers of,

as we have received mercy; which may refer either to the grace and mercy of God, which they had received in conversion; a sense of which abiding upon them, so influenced their minds, to hold forth the riches of abounding grace and mercy to poor sinners in the Gospel, that nothing could deter them from it; or to the grace, favour, and good will of God, in making, supporting, and continuing them as ministers of the word; all which, they were sensible, was owing not to men, but God; not to their merit, but to his mercy; not to their worthiness, parts, learning, &c. but to his free gift, favour, and grace, by which only they were what they were, as preachers of the Gospel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 4

2Co 4:1-18. His Preaching Is Open and Sincere, though to Many the Gospel Is Hidden.

For he preaches Christ, not himself: the human vessel is frail that God may have the glory; yet, though frail, faith and the hope of future glory sustain him amidst the decay of the outward man.

1. Therefore—Greek, "For this cause": Because we have the liberty-giving Spirit of the Lord, and with unveiled face behold His glory (2Co 3:17, 18).

seeing we have this ministry—"The ministration of the Spirit" (2Co 3:8, 9): the ministry of such a spiritual, liberty-giving Gospel: resuming 2Co 3:6, 8.

received mercy—from God, in having had this ministry conferred on us (2Co 3:5). The sense of "mercy" received from God, makes men active for God (1Ti 1:11-13).

we faint not—in boldness of speech and action, and patience in suffering (2Co 4:2, 8-16, &c.).

2 Corinthians 4:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Light of the Gospel
1Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.…
Cross References
Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Jeremiah 45:3
You said, 'Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'

Luke 18:1
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

1 Corinthians 3:5
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe--as the Lord has assigned to each his task.

1 Corinthians 7:25
Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Ephesians 3:13
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

2 Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

seeing.

2 Corinthians 3:6,12 Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of …

2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus …

Ephesians 3:7,8 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace …

as.

1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: …

we faint not.

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, …

Isaiah 40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

Ephesians 3:13 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

Revelation 2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, …

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