2 Corinthians 4:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

New Living Translation
For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

English Standard Version
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

New American Standard Bible
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,

King James Bible
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.

International Standard Version
This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison,

NET Bible
For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the suffering of this time, while very small and swift, prepares us great glory without limits for the eternity of eternities.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For our tribulation, which is momentary and light, prepares an exceeding and eternal weight of glory unto us;

King James 2000 Bible
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

American King James Version
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

American Standard Version
For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.

Darby Bible Translation
For our momentary [and] light affliction works for us in surpassing measure an eternal weight of glory;

English Revised Version
For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;

Webster's Bible Translation
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Weymouth New Testament
For this our light and transitory burden of suffering is achieving for us a preponderating, yes, a vastly preponderating, and eternal weight of glory;

World English Bible
For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;

Young's Literal Translation
for the momentary light matter of our tribulation, more and more exceedingly an age-during weight of glory doth work out for us --
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

Verse 17. - For our light affliction, which is but for a moment; literally, for the immediate lightness of our affliction. Worketh for us. Is bringing about for us, with all the immeasurable force of a natural and progressive law. A far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; literally, in excess unto excess. For the phrase, "to excess - characteristic, like other emotional expressions, of this group of Epistles - see 2 Corinthians 1:8; Galatians 1:13. The word "eternal" is in antithesis to the "for a moment." The "weight" is suggested by the "lightness," and possibly also by the fact that in Hebrew the word for "glory" also means "weight." The general contrast is found also in Matthew 5:12; 1 Peter 5:10; Hebrews 12:10; Romans 8:18. The frequent resemblances between this Epistle and that to the Romans are natural when we remember that they were written within a few months of each other.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For our light affliction,.... The difference between the present and future state of the saints is here expressed, the disparity between them shown, and the influence the one has upon the other. The present state is a state of "affliction". Affliction is the common lot of the children of men, but more especially of the children of God, and is here designed by "our" affliction; for these, besides their soul trouble, meet with such in the world, and from the men of it, others do not. Afflictions are appointed for them by their heavenly Father; provision is made for them, and support under them, in the covenant of grace; they are Christ's legacy to them, and by which they are conformed to him; they are always for their good, spiritual and eternal; and lie in their way to heaven, through which they must pass into the kingdom: now these their outward afflictions which are here meant, lie chiefly in the meanness of their outward circumstances; in poverty and distress, in disgrace, reproaches, and persecutions for their profession of Christ, and his truths: and in opposition to this their mean and despicable condition in the eyes of the world, their future state is signified by "glory", as it often is in the word of God; and is of such a nature, that all the glories of this world, such as kingdoms, crowns, inheritances, possessions, riches, honour, and substance of every kind and degree, by all which the heavenly state is expressed, are but faint resemblances of it: it is the same glory Christ has entered into, is possessed of for, and will give to all his people; it will chiefly lie in communion with Father, Son, and Spirit, with angels, and one another; there will be a visible glory upon the bodies of the saints, which will be fashioned like to the glorious body of Christ; and their souls will be blessed with perfect knowledge and holiness. Their affliction is represented as "light" which though it is not in itself, but often very grievous and heavy to be borne, especially when any soul trouble is added to it; yet is light, when the saint is supported by the arm of the Lord, indulged with his presence, and favoured with the discoveries of his love. The afflictions of God's people are light, when compared with their deserts, with the sufferings of Christ, the torments of the damned in hell, and the joys of heaven, which are here, by way of opposition thereunto, styled a "weight of glory". The apostle has respect to the Hebrew word which signifies both "weight" and "glory", and is often used for riches, honour, and whatsoever is excellent, solid, and substantial: and here the phrase designs the weighty riches of glory, that massy crown of glory which fadeth not away, that bulky and more enduring substance, which Christ will cause them that love him to inherit. Again, the afflictions of the children of God are said to be

for a moment; they are but for a while, and that a little while; at most they are but for the present time of life, and that is but as a vapour which appears for a little while, and then vanishes away; it is but as a moment, a point of time, in comparison of eternity: but the glory the saints are chosen and called unto, that weight of it which shall be put upon them is "eternal", it will last for ever; it will know no end: hence it is called an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, an everlasting kingdom, everlasting habitations, an incorruptible inheritance, and a crown of glory that fadeth not away. Now the present affliction of the people of God has a considerable influence upon this; it is said here, that it

worketh for us this glory. The Jews (y) introduce God speaking words much like these.

"Saith the holy blessed God, I have sent them chastisements in this world, , "to strengthen their arms for", or that their arms may lay hold upon the world to come.''

Now afflictions may be said to work eternal glory for the saints, not by way of merit, for they are not worthy to be compared with the glory to be revealed; there is no proportion between them; besides, the heavenly kingdom and glory was prepared from the foundation of the world, and is a free grace gift of their heavenly Father; but they work as means of enjoying it, as the word and ordinances do; the Spirit of God makes use of them, as of the other, to work up the saints for that selfsame thing, glory: these are means of trying, exercising, and improving their graces, of weaning their hearts from this world, and drawing out their desires, hope, and expectation of another; they are the way in which believers walk to glory, and which it last issue and terminate in it; glory follows upon them, though it is not for them.

(y) R. Moses Kotsensis Mitzvot Torah, praecept. affirm. 17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. which is but for a moment—"Our PRESENT light (burden of) affliction" (so the Greek; compare Mt 11:30), [Alford]. Compare "now for a season … in heaviness" (1Pe 1:6). The contrast, however, between this and the "ETERNAL weight of glory" requires, I think, the translation, "Which is but for the present passing moment." So Wahl. "The lightness of affliction" (he does not express "burden" after "light"; the Greek is "the light of affliction") contrasts beautifully with the "weight of the glory."

worketh—rather, "worketh out."

a far more exceeding and—rather, "in a surpassing and still more surpassing manner" [Alford]; "more and more exceedingly" [Ellicott, Trench, and others]. Greek, "in excess and to excess." The glory exceeds beyond all measure the affliction.

2 Corinthians 4:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Treasures in Jars of Clay
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, 18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Cross References
Psalm 30:5
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Isaiah 26:20
Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.

Romans 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

2 Timothy 2:10
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Treasury of Scripture

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

our.

2 Corinthians 11:23-28 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

Isaiah 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting …

Acts 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds …

Romans 8:18,34,37 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy …

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

worketh.

Psalm 119:67,71 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept your word…

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: …

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Philippians 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, …

2 Thessalonians 1:4,6 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your …

Hebrews 12:10,11 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; …

James 1:3,4,12 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience…

far.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, …

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you…

Psalm 73:24 You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived …

Luke 6:23 Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have …

1 Peter 1:7,8 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

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