2 Corinthians 4:3
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New International Version
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

New Living Translation
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing.

English Standard Version
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

New American Standard Bible
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

King James Bible
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

International Standard Version
So if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are dying.

NET Bible
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if our gospel is covered up, it is covered up to those who are lost,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So if the Good News that we tell others is covered with a veil, it is hidden from those who are dying.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if our gospel is hid, it is hid to those that are lost,

King James 2000 Bible
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

American King James Version
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

American Standard Version
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost,

Darby Bible Translation
But if also our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those that are lost;

English Revised Version
But and if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that are perishing:

Webster's Bible Translation
But if our gospel is hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, the meaning of our Good News has been veiled, the veil has been on the hearts of those who are on the way to perdition,

World English Bible
Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish;

Young's Literal Translation
and if also our good news is vailed, in those perishing it is vailed,
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 3. - But if our gospel be hid. This is added to avoid the semblance of a contradiction. He has spoken of "manifestation of the truth," and yet has spoken of all Jews as unable to see it because they will not remove from their hearts the veil which hides it from them. How can "a veiled gospel" be a "manifested truth"? The answer is that the gospel is bright, but the eyes that should gaze on it are wilfully closed. Similarly in 2 Corinthians 2:16, he has compared the gospel to a fragrance of life, yet to the doomed captives - "to the perishing" - it comes "like a waft from the charnel house." A better rendering would be, But even if our gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1; Romans 2:16) is a veiled one. it is veiled only among the perishing (comp. 1 Corinthians 1:18). Be hid; rather, has been veiled. To them that are lost; rather, to the perishing (see note on 2 Corinthians 2:15).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But if our Gospel be hid,.... When the Gospel is called ours, the meaning is, not that ministers are the authors or subject of it; but it is so styled, because they are intrusted with it; it is preached by them; and is in opposition to another Gospel, the Gospel of the false apostles. Here an objection is obviated, which the apostle saw would be made against the clearness and perspicuity of the Gospel, asserted by him in the foregoing chapter; taken from some persons, who though they sat under the ministry of the word, were not enlightened by it, saw no glory nor excellency in it, nor were their minds in the least affected with it: to which he replies, saying, "if our Gospel be hid",

it is hid to them that are lost. But why should the apostle put an if upon its being hid? is it not hid? is it not "the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom?" To which may be answered, that it was hid in God from the beginning of the world; and in Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge; and in the ceremonial law, which contained types and shadows of many things in it; and was hid from whole nations, and for whole ages formerly: but now God has made known the mystery of his will; Christ is manifest in the flesh; the ceremonial law is done away, and the Gospel is preached to Jews and Gentiles; so that it is hid to none, as to the outward ministration of it: and if the internal, spiritual, and saving knowledge and experience of it is hid from any, eventually and finally, it is "to them that are lost": all mankind are in a lost and perishing condition through sin; though some will not be lost eternally, whom God has chosen, Christ has redeemed, and who by the Spirit are brought savingly to believe in Christ; but there are others, that will be lost for ever; and to these the Gospel is hid; and they are such, who are left to the native blindness of their minds, and are given up to a reprobate mind, to judicial darkness, and are suffered to be under the influence of the prince of darkness, as in the following verse; now such instances are no more an objection to the clearness and perspicuity of the Gospel, and the ministration of it, than men born blind, who never could, nor never will see light, are to the bright and clear shining of the sun noon day.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. But if—Yea, even if (as I grant is the case).

hid—rather (in reference to 2Co 3:13-18), "veiled." "Hid" (Greek, Col 3:3) is said of that withdrawn from view altogether. "Veiled," of a thing within reach of the eye, but covered over so as not to be seen. So it was in the case of Moses' face.

to them—in the case only of them: for in itself the Gospel is quite plain.

that are lost—rather, "that are perishing" (1Co 1:18). So the same cloud that was "light" to the people of God, was "darkness" to the Egyptian foes of God (Ex 14:20).

2 Corinthians 4:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Light of the Gospel
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. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:6
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,

2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.
Treasury of Scripture

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

our.

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ …

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

it is.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

2 Corinthians 2:15,16 For we are to God a sweet smell of Christ, in them that are saved, …

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same …

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, Lord …

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

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