2 Corinthians 4:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

New Living Translation
We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

English Standard Version
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

New American Standard Bible
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

King James Bible
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.

International Standard Version
persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed.

NET Bible
we are persecuted, but not abandoned; we are knocked down, but not destroyed,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
We are persecuted, but we are not forsaken; We are cast down, but we are not defeated.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

King James 2000 Bible
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

American King James Version
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

American Standard Version
pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;

Douay-Rheims Bible
We suffer persecution, but are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not:

Darby Bible Translation
persecuted, but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed;

English Revised Version
pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;

Webster's Bible Translation
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Weymouth New Testament
pursued, yet never left unsuccoured; struck to the ground, yet never slain;

World English Bible
pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed;

Young's Literal Translation
persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
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 9. - Not forsaken. St. Paul, like the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, knew by blessed experience the truth of the promise, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee" (Hebrews 13:5, 6). Cast down. Flung to the ground, as in some lost battle; yet not doomed, not "perishing." "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand" (Psalm 37:24).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Persecuted, but not forsaken,.... Pursued from place to place, and followed with menaces, curses, and reproaches; laid hold on, proscribed, imprisoned, and threatened with the severest tortures, and death itself; but our God never leaves us nor forsakes us; though we are followed close by evil men, and left by our friends, we are not forsaken of God:

cast down we sometimes are, as an earthen vessel; 2 Corinthians 4:7, which may be cast out of a man's hands, in order to be dashed to pieces; or as a man in wrestling, see Ephesians 6:12 may be thrown to the ground by his antagonist, so we are sometimes foiled by sin, Satan, and the world:

but not destroyed; we are still safe in the hands of Christ, and are kept by the power of God; and, indeed, to what else can all this be ascribed? it is surprising that earthen vessels should bear and suffer so much, and not fall, or be dashed to pieces.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. not forsaken—by God and man. Jesus was forsaken by both; so much do His sufferings exceed those of His people (Mt 27:46).

cast down—or "struck down"; not only "persecuted," that is, chased as a deer or bird (1Sa 26:20), but actually struck down as with a dart in the chase (Heb 11:35-38). The Greek "always" in this verse means, "throughout the whole time"; in 2Co 4:11 the Greek is different, and means, "at every time," "in every case when the occasion occurs."

2 Corinthians 4:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Treasures in Jars of Clay
8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.…
Cross References
Psalm 37:24
though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Psalm 129:2
"they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.

Proverbs 24:16
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.

Micah 7:8
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.

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,

John 15:20
Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

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 Timothy 3:12
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Treasury of Scripture

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

but.

Psalm 9:10 And they that know your name will put their trust in you: for you, …

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? why are you so far from …

Psalm 37:25,28 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous …

Isaiah 62:4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any …

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …

cast.

2 Corinthians 7:6 Nevertheless God, that comforts those that are cast down, comforted …

Job 5:17-19 Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not …

Job 22:29 When men are cast down, then you shall say, There is lifting up; …

Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds …

Psalm 42:5,11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted in me? …

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through …

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