2 Corinthians 4:7
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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.

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.

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.

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.

2 Corinthians 4:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

This treasure

The divine light which is the guide and inspiration of the apostolic ministry.

In earthen vessels (ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν)

The adjective occurs only here and 2 Timothy 2:10. Herodotus says of the king of Persia: "The great king stores away the tribute which he receives after this fashion: he melts it down, and, while it is in a liquid state, runs it into earthen vessels, which are afterward removed, leaving the metal in a solid mass" (iii., 96). Stanley cites the story of a Rabbi who was taunted with his mean appearance by the emperor's daughter, and who replied by referring to the earthen vessels in which her father kept his wines. At her request the wine was shifted to silver vessels, whereupon it turned sour. Then the Rabbi observed that the humblest vessels contained the highest wisdom. The idea of light in earthen vessels is, however, best illustrated in the story of the lamps and pitchers of Gideon, Judges 7:16. In the very breaking of the vessel the light is revealed.

Excellency (ὑπερβολὴ)

Lit., a throwing beyond. Hence preeminence, excellence. See on exceeding, Romans 7:13. Rev. renders exceeding greatness. The reference is to the fullness of power apparent in the apostolic ministry.

Of God - of us (τοῦ Θεοῦ - ἐξ ἡμῶν)

The A.V. misses the difference between the two expressions. Of God is belonging to God; God's property: from (ἐξ) is proceeding from ourselves. Rev., of God - from ourselves.

2 Corinthians 4:7 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Matthew 13:44,52 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to treasure hid in a field; the which when a man has found, he hides...

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 this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you...

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, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands...

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Judges 7:13,14,16-20 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream to his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and...

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

1 Corinthians 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not...

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle to the world...

Galatians 4:13,14 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel to you at the first...

2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor...

that.

2 Corinthians 3:5,6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God...

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh...

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him...

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, according to the working of his mighty power...

Ephesians 2:5,8,9 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)...

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also you are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God...

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance...

Cross References
Judges 7:2
The LORD said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'

Job 4:19
how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed like the moth.

Job 10:9
Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust?

Job 33:6
Behold, I am toward God as you are; I too was pinched off from a piece of clay.

Lamentations 4:2
The precious sons of Zion, worth their weight in fine gold, how they are regarded as earthen pots, the work of a potter's hands!

John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

1 Corinthians 2:5
so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

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