2 Corinthians 4:8
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New International Version
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

New Living Translation
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.

English Standard Version
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;

New American Standard Bible
we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;

King James Bible
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair;

International Standard Version
In every way we're troubled but not crushed, frustrated but not in despair,

NET Bible
We are experiencing trouble on every side, but are not crushed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we are squeezed in all things, but we are not strangled; we are harassed, but we are not condemned.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are unsure of our lives, but not in despair;

King James 2000 Bible
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

American King James Version
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

American Standard Version
we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we are straitened, but are not destitute;

Darby Bible Translation
every way afflicted, but not straitened; seeing no apparent issue, but our way not entirely shut up;

English Revised Version
we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair;

Webster's Bible Translation
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Weymouth New Testament
We are hard pressed, yet never in absolute distress; perplexed, yet never utterly baffled;

World English Bible
We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair;

Young's Literal Translation
on every side being in tribulation, but not straitened; perplexed, but not in despair;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:8-12 The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them. There may be fears within, as well as fightings without; yet we are not destroyed. The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ's resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Troubled; afflicted, as in 2 Corinthians 1:4. On every side; in everything. Distressed; rather, driven to straits. Perplexed, but not in despair. In the original is a beautiful paronomasia, which might, perhaps, be represented in English by "pressed, but not oppressed." Literally the words mean, being at a loss, but not utterly at a loss. In the special anguish of trial of which he spoke in 2 Corinthians 1:8 (comp. 2 Corinthians 7:5), he was indeed for a time "utterly at a loss," reduced to utter despair; but in the normal conditions which he here describes he always, as it were, saw some outlet out of his worst perplexities.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

We are troubled on every side,.... Or afflicted; , either "in every place", wherever we are, into whatsoever country, city, or town we enter, we are sure to meet with trouble, of one sort or another; for wherever we be, we are in the world, in which we must expect tribulation: or "always", every day and hour we live, as in 2 Corinthians 4:10 we are never free from one trial or another: or "by everyone"; by all sorts of persons, good and bad, professors and profane, open persecutors and false brethren; yea, some of the dear children of God, weak believers, give us trouble: or "with every sort" of trouble, inward and outward; trouble from the world, the flesh and the devil:

yet not distressed; so as to have no hope, or see no way of escape; so as to have no manner of comfort, or manifestations of the love of God; or so as to be straitened in our own souls; for notwithstanding all our troubles, we have freedom at the throne of grace, and in our ministry; we can go with liberty to God, and preach the Gospel boldly to you:

we are perplexed; and sometimes know not what to do, which way to take, what course to steer, or how we shall be relieved and supplied; we are sometimes at the utmost loss about things temporal, how we shall be provided for with food and raiment; nor are we without our perplexing thoughts, doubts, and fears, about spiritual affairs:

but not in despair; of the Lord's appearing and working salvation, both in a temporal and spiritual sense.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Greek, "BEING hard pressed, yet not inextricably straitened; reduced to inextricable straits" (nominative to "we have," 2Co 4:7).

on every side—Greek, "in every respect" (compare 2Co 4:10, "always"; 2Co 7:5). This verse expresses inward distresses; 2Co 4:9, outward distresses (2Co 7:5). "Without were fightings; within were fears." The first clause in each member of the series of contrasted participles, implies the earthiness of the vessels; the second clause, the excellency of the power.

perplexed, but not in despair—Greek, "not utterly perplexed." As perplexity refers to the future, so "troubled" or "hard pressed" refers to the present.

2 Corinthians 4:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Treasures in Jars of Clay
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;…
Cross References
Psalm 129:2
"they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.

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.

Habakkuk 3:17
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

2 Corinthians 1:8
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.

2 Corinthians 6:4
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;

2 Corinthians 6:12
We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.

2 Corinthians 7:5
For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn--conflicts on the outside, fears within.

Galatians 4:20
how I wish I could be with you now and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you!
Treasury of Scripture

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

troubled.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which …

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

2 Corinthians 11:23-30 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

yet.

2 Corinthians 4:16,17 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, …

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, …

1 Samuel 28:15 And Samuel said to Saul, Why have you disquieted me, to bring me …

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning …

Psalm 56:2,3 My enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight …

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall …

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.

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

Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

James 1:2-4 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…

1 Peter 1:6,7 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

1 Peter 4:12-14 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

not in despair. or, not altogether without help, or means.

1 Samuel 31:4 Then said Saul to his armor bearer, Draw your sword, and thrust me …

Job 2:9,10 Then said his wife to him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse …

Psalm 37:33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but …

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