1 Therefore, having this ministry, as we have had mercy shewn us, we faint not.
2 But we have rejected the hidden things of shame, not walking in deceit, nor falsifying the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every conscience of men before God.

References for 2 Corinthians 4:2

    • a 4:2 - i.e. all that of which one is ashamed and therefore keeps concealed.
      3 But if also our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those that are lost;

      References for 2 Corinthians 4:3

        • b 4:3 - Or 'that perish,' as ch. 2.15.
          4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, so that the radiancy of the glad tidings of the glory of the Christ, who is [the] image of God, should not shine forth [for them].

          References for 2 Corinthians 4:4

            • c 4:4 - I add 'for them' to complete the sense. I have doubted as to this passage. The word translated 'shine forth' is only found here in the New Testament and generally means 'to see,' or 'discern.' If this be the meaning here, we should read 'so that they should not discern the shining forth of the glad tidings of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.'
              5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus Lord, and ourselves your bondmen for Jesus' sake.
              6 Because [it is] the God who spoke that out of darkness light should shine who has shone in our hearts for the shining forth of the knowledge of the glory of God in [the] face of [Jesus] Christ.

              References for 2 Corinthians 4:6

                • d 4:6 - Or '[it is] God.'
                • e 4:6 - Lit. 'who spoke light to shine out of darkness.'
                • f 4:6 - 'Shining forth,' or 'radiancy;' the same word as translated 'radiancy' in ver. 4.
                  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be of God, and not from us:
                  8 every way afflicted, but not straitened; seeing no apparent issue, but our way not entirely shut up;
                  9 persecuted, but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed;
                  10 always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body;

                  References for 2 Corinthians 4:10

                    • g 4:10 - Or 'putting to death.' The word implies the moral character of death, not only the fact of death. The same word is used in Rom. 4.19, 'the deadening' of Sarah's womb.
                      11 for we who live are always delivered unto death on account of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh;
                      12 so that death works in us, but life in you.
                      13 And having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I have believed, therefore have I spoken; *we* also believe, therefore also we speak;

                      References for 2 Corinthians 4:13

                        • h 4:13 - See Ps. 116.10.
                          14 knowing that he who has raised the Lord Jesus shall raise us also with Jesus, and shall present [us] with you.
                          15 For all things [are] for your sakes, that the grace abounding through the many may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

                          References for 2 Corinthians 4:15

                            • i 4:15 - 'Grace abounding through the many.' The grace of God, perfect in itself, multiplies itself in its objects, so that thanksgiving abounds. Paul was delivered, but everything was for the assembly. It was not therefore merely a benefit to him, but still more to all, so that the grace or benefit was multiplied, and caused thanksgiving to abound to God's glory. The form of thought is peculiar, but the sense plain and striking.
                              16 Wherefore we faint not; but if indeed our outward man is consumed, yet the inward is renewed day by day.
                              17 For our momentary [and] light affliction works for us in surpassing measure an eternal weight of glory;

                              References for 2 Corinthians 4:17

                                • j 4:17 - Lit. 'the momentary lightness of our.'
                                  18 while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen; for the things that are seen [are] for a time, but those that are not seen eternal.