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

New Living Translation
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.

English Standard Version
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

King James Bible
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day.

International Standard Version
That's why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day.

NET Bible
Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing away, our inner person is being renewed day by day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, it is not tiresome to us, for even if our external person is being destroyed, on the other hand, that which is from within is renewed day by day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore we fault not; but though our outward man is wearing out, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

King James 2000 Bible
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

American King James Version
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

American Standard Version
Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore we faint not; but if indeed our outward man is consumed, yet the inward is renewed day by day.

English Revised Version
Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.

Webster's Bible Translation
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man is wasted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore we are not cowards. Nay, even though our outward man is wasting away, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day.

World English Bible
Therefore we don't faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore, we faint not, but if also our outward man doth decay, yet the inward is renewed day by day;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:13-18 The grace of faith is an effectual remedy against fainting in times of trouble. They knew that Christ was raised, and that his resurrection was an earnest and assurance of theirs. The hope of this resurrection will encourage in a suffering day, and set us above the fear of death. Also, their sufferings were for the advantage of the church, and to God's glory. The sufferings of Christ's ministers, as well as their preaching and conversation, are for the good of the church and the glory of God. The prospect of eternal life and happiness was their support and comfort. What sense was ready to pronounce heavy and long, grievous and tedious, faith perceived to be light and short, and but for a moment. The weight of all temporal afflictions was lightness itself, while the glory to come was a substance, weighty, and lasting beyond description. If the apostle could call his heavy and long-continued trials light, and but for a moment, what must our trifling difficulties be! Faith enables to make this right judgment of things. There are unseen things, as well as things that are seen. And there is this vast difference between them; unseen things are eternal, seen things but temporal, or temporary only. Let us then look off from the things which are seen; let us cease to seek for worldly advantages, or to fear present distresses. Let us give diligence to make our future happiness sure.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 16-18. - The Christian minister is upheld by hope. Verse 16. - Therefore. Knowing that our daily death is the pathway to eternal life (ver. 14). We faint not (see ver. 1). Though; rather, even if. Our outward man. Our life in its human and corporeal conditions. The inward man. Namely, our moral and spiritual being, that "new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him" (Colossians 3:10). Is renewed; literally, is being renewed; i.e. by faith and hope. Day by day. The Greek phrase is not classical, but is a reminiscence of the Hebrew.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For which cause we faint not,.... Since our afflictions are overruled for the good of others, and the glory of God, we are not discouraged by them; our spirits do not sink under the weight of them; we do not give out from the work of the ministry because of them, but go on cheerfully therein: and the more so, since

though our outward man perish; our outward circumstances of life are very mean and despicable; we are oftentimes in a very distressed condition through hunger, thirst, nakedness, and want of the common necessaries of life; our bodies are almost worn out with fatigue, labour, and sorrow; our earthly tabernacles are tottering, and just ready to fall in pieces:

yet the inward man is renewed day by day; that is, continually; it answers to , an Hebraism; see Esther 2:11 the internal hidden man of the heart, the new man is in a prosperous condition; our souls are in good health; the work of God is comfortably carried on in us; we have sweet and repeated experiences of the love of God; we are growing in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ; and, like the palm tree, the more weight is hung upon it, the more it thrives; and, like the children of Israel in Egypt, the more they were afflicted the more they grew.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. we faint not—notwithstanding our sufferings. Resuming 2Co 4:1.

outward man—the body, the flesh.

perish—"is wearing away"; "is wasted away" by afflictions.

inward man—our spiritual and true being, the "life" which even in our mortal bodies (2Co 4:11) "manifests the life of Jesus."

is renewed—"is being renewed," namely, with fresh "grace" (2Co 4:15), and "faith" (2Co 4:13), and hope (2Co 4:17, 18).

2 Corinthians 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Treasures in Jars of Clay
15For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. 16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,…
Cross References
Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

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.'

Romans 7:22
For in my inner being I delight in God's law;

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

Colossians 3:10
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

1 Peter 4:14
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
Treasury of Scripture

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

we.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 119:81 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

though.

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more …

Job 19:26,27 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh …

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, …

Isaiah 57:1,2 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

Matthew 5:29,30 And if your right eye offend you, pluck it out, and cast it from you…

the.

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to …

1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, …

is.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after …

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to …

day by.

Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

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