2 Corinthians 7:4
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New International Version
I have spoken to you with great frankness; I take great pride in you. I am greatly encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.

New Living Translation
I have the highest confidence in you, and I take great pride in you. You have greatly encouraged me and made me happy despite all our troubles.

English Standard Version
I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy.

Berean Study Bible
Great is my confidence in you; great is my pride in you; I am filled with encouragement; in all our troubles my joy overflows.

Berean Literal Bible
Great is my boldness toward you; great my boasting on behalf of you; I have been filled with encouragement; I overabound with joy upon all our affliction.

New American Standard Bible
Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.

King James Bible
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have great confidence in you; I have great pride in you. I am filled with encouragement; I am overcome with joy in all our afflictions.

International Standard Version
I have great confidence in you. I am very proud of you. I am very much encouraged. I am overjoyed in all our troubles.

NET Bible
I have great confidence in you; I take great pride on your behalf. I am filled with encouragement; I am overflowing with joy in the midst of all our suffering.

New Heart English Bible
Great is my boldness of speech toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I overflow with joy in all our affliction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have great frankness toward you and much pride in you and I am filled with comfort and I have a great abundance of joy in all my afflictions.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have great confidence in you, and I have a lot of reasons to be proud of you. Even as we suffer, I'm encouraged and feel very happy.

New American Standard 1977
Great is my confidence in you, great is my boasting on your behalf; I am filled with comfort. I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

King James 2000 Bible
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.

American King James Version
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

American Standard Version
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying on your behalf: I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our affliction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Great is my confidence for you, great is my glorying for you. I am filled with comfort: I exceedingly abound with joy in all our tribulation.

Darby Bible Translation
Great [is] my boldness towards you, great my exulting in respect of you; I am filled with encouragement; I overabound in joy under all our affliction.

English Revised Version
Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying on your behalf: I am filled with comfort, I overflow with joy in all our affliction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Great is my boldness of speech towards you, great is my glorying concerning you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

Weymouth New Testament
I have great confidence in you: very loudly do I boast of you. I am filled with comfort: my heart overflows with joy amid all our affliction.

World English Bible
Great is my boldness of speech toward you. Great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I overflow with joy in all our affliction.

Young's Literal Translation
great is my freedom of speech unto you, great my glory on your behalf; I have been filled with the comfort, I overabound with the joy on all our tribulation,
Study Bible
Paul's Joy in the Corinthians
3I do not say this to condemn you. I have said before that you so occupy our hearts that we live and die together with you. 4Great is my confidence in you; great is my pride in you; I am filled with encouragement; in all our troubles my joy overflows. 5For when we arrived in Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were pressed from every direction—conflicts on the outside, fears within.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 1:4
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 3:12
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

2 Corinthians 6:10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

2 Corinthians 7:14
Indeed, I was not embarrassed by anything I had boasted to him about you. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus has proved to be true as well.

2 Corinthians 8:24
In full view of the churches, then, show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our boasting about you.

2 Corinthians 9:2
For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting to the Macedonians that since last year you in Achaia were prepared to give. And your zeal has stirred most of them to do likewise.

2 Corinthians 9:3
But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove empty, but that you will be prepared, just as I said.

2 Corinthians 10:8
For even if I boast somewhat excessively about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed.

Philippians 1:14
And most of the brothers, confident in the Lord by my chains, now dare more greatly to speak the word without fear.

Philippians 1:20
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have complete boldness, so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.
Treasury of Scripture

Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

my boldness.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

2 Corinthians 6:11 O you Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged.

2 Corinthians 10:1,2 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

2 Corinthians 11:21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. However, …

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

great.

2 Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, …

2 Corinthians 9:2-4 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you …

1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which …

1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

I am filled.

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

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort …

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, …

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

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

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

Philippians 2:17 Yes, and if I be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

1 Thessalonians 3:7-9 Therefore, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our affliction …

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

(4) Great is my boldness of speech.--The context shows that he is not apologising for bold and plain speaking, but uses the word as implying confidence (1Timothy 3:13; Philemon 1:8). He can speak without reticence now, because he is going to express his comfort and joy at what had been reported to him.

I am exceeding joyful.--Literally, I exceedingly abound (or, overflow) in joy. The verb is the same as in Romans 5:20, and answers to the "pressed above measure" which he had used in 2Corinthians 1:8, in speaking of his troubles.

Verse 4. - Boldness of speech. St. Paul feels that he may address them with perfect frankness and openness (2 Corinthians 3:12). My glorying of you. "My boasting on your account" (2 Corinthians 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:12; 2 Corinthians 8:14; comp. 1 Corinthians 1:4-7). I am filled with comfort. "I have been filled with the consolation." "Consolation" is the word which occurs so frequently in 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4. I am exceeding joyful. "I superabound in my joy" (2 Corinthians 2:2-14). In all our tribulation. The clause belongs to both the preceding clauses. Joy in the very midst of affliction was an essentially Christian blessing (Philippians 2:17).

"Thou shalt have joy in sadness soon;
The pure calm hope be thine
Which brightens the Eastern moon,
When day's wild lights decline."
(See 2 Corinthians 6:10; Galatians 5:22; Romans 14:17; John 15:11.) Great is my boldness of speech towards you,.... Or "liberty of speaking", which I use with you; I very freely, and without any disguise, open my mind to you; I faithfully tell you your faults; I am free in my exhortations and counsels to you, as in the case of the incestuous person, and in other instances, which is a sign of true friendship; for had I any suspicion of you, or not cordial affection for you, I should have been more reserved, more upon my guard, and have spoke and wrote with more caution: besides,

great is my glorying, or "boasting of you"; of your faith in Christ, your love to the people of God, respect to the ministers of the Gospel, obedience to us, and very great liberality to the poor saints, of which the apostle frequently boasts in this epistle: now as speaking freely to them when present with them, or in writing to them, so glorying in them, and speaking well of them when absent, clearly showed what an opinion he had of them, and what true hearty respect he had for them:

I am filled with comfort, says he; not only with divine and spiritual consolations from God, but with the news Titus brought of the state of this church, of the good effect the apostle's reproof and advice had both upon them, and the offender among them, and of their tender and affectionate regard to him: this filled him brimful of comfort, yea, adds he,

I am exceeding joyful; I abound, I over abound in joy; such is the joy that possesses my soul, at the tidings brought me, that it superabounds all the sorrow and anguish of spirit, out of which I wrote unto you, occasioned by the unhappy affair among you: yea, it makes me inexpressibly joyful in all our tribulation; which is not small we meet with, wherever we go, in preaching the Gospel of Christ. 4. boldness of speech—(compare 2Co 6:11).

glorying of you—Not only do I speak with unreserved openness to you, but I glory (boast) greatly to others in your behalf, in speaking of you.

filled with comfort—at the report of Titus (2Co 7:6, 7, 9, 13; 2Co 1:4).

exceeding joyful—Greek, I overabound with joy (2Co 7:7, 9, 16).

our tribulation—described in 2Co 7:5; also in 2Co 4:7, 8; 6:4, 5.7:1-4 The promises of God are strong reasons for us to follow after holiness; we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. If we hope in God as our Father, we must seek to be holy as he is holy, and perfect as our Father in heaven. His grace, by the influences of his Spirit, alone can purify, but holiness should be the object of our constant prayers. If the ministers of the gospel are thought contemptible, there is danger lest the gospel itself be despised also; and though ministers must flatter none, yet they must be gentle towards all. Ministers may look for esteem and favour, when they can safely appeal to the people, that they have corrupted no man by false doctrines or flattering speeches; that they have defrauded no man; nor sought to promote their own interests so as to hurt any. It was affection to them made the apostle speak so freely to them, and caused him to glory of them, in all places, and upon all occasions.
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