2 Corinthians 4:7
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New International Version
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

New Living Translation
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

English Standard Version
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

Berean Study Bible
Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us.

Berean Literal Bible
Now we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be from God, and not from us,

New American Standard Bible
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

King James Bible
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.

International Standard Version
But we have this treasure in clay jars to show that its extraordinary power comes from God and not from us.

NET Bible
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we have this treasure in Earthen vessels, that the greatness of the power would be from God and not from us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn't come from us.

New American Standard 1977
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But we have this treasure in clay vessels that the excellency of the virtue may be of God, and not of us.

King James 2000 Bible
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

American King James Version
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

American Standard Version
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God, and not of us.

Darby Bible Translation
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be of God, and not from us:

English Revised Version
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves;

Webster's Bible Translation
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not from us.

Weymouth New Testament
But we have this treasure in a fragile vase of clay, in order that the surpassing greatness of the power may be seen to belong to God, and not to originate in us.

World English Bible
But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.

Young's Literal Translation
And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us;
Study Bible
Treasures in Jars of Clay
6For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7Now we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this surpassingly great power is from God and not from us. 8We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;…
Word Study

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

This; he, she, it.

A store-house for precious things; hence: a treasure, a store. From tithemi; a deposit, i.e. Wealth.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

Made of clay, earthen. From ostrakon; earthen-ware, i.e. Clayey; by implication, frail.

A vessel, implement, equipment or apparatus (specially, a wife as contributing to the usefulness of the husband).

In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

surpassingness
hyperbolē (N-NFS)
From huperballo; a throwing beyond others, i.e. supereminence; adverbially pre- eminently.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

From dunamai; force; specially, miraculous power.

I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

from God,
Theou (N-GMS)
A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

And, even, also, namely.

Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Judges 7:2
The LORD said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, 'My own power has delivered me.'

Job 4:19
'How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!

Job 10:9
'Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?

Job 33:6
"Behold, I belong to God like you; I too have been formed out of the clay.

Lamentations 4:2
The precious sons of Zion, Weighed against fine gold, How they are regarded as earthen jars, The work of a potter's hands!

John 16:33
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!"

1 Corinthians 2:5
so that your faith would not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

2 Corinthians 5:1
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is dismantled, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

1 Thessalonians 4:4
each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

2 Timothy 2:20
A large house contains not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay. Some indeed are for honorable use, but others are for common use.
Treasury of Scripture

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

this.

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

2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; …

Matthew 13:44,52 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of …

Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

in.

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily …

Judges 7:13,14,16-20 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream …

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they …

1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has …

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

Galatians 4:13,14 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel …

2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, …

that.

2 Corinthians 3:5,6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of …

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the …

1 Corinthians 2:3-5 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling…

Ephesians 1:19,20 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, …

Ephesians 2:5,8,9 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, …

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him …

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

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