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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

In these verses the apostle gives an account of their courage and patience under all their sufferings, where observe, I. How their sufferings, and patience under them, are declared, 2 Cor. 4:8-12. The apostles were great sufferers; therein they followed their Master: Christ had told them that in the world they should have tribulation, and so they had; yet they met with wonderful support, great relief, and many allays of their sorrows. ?We are,? says the apostle, ?troubled on every side,... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Corinthians 4:7-15

4:7-15 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the power which surpasses all things may be seen to be of God and not of us. We are sore pressed at every point, but not hemmed in. We are at our wit's end, but never at our hope's end. We are persecuted by men, but never abandoned by God. We are knocked down, but not knocked out. In our bodies we have to run the same risk of death as Jesus Christ did, so that in our body the same life as Jesus lived may be clear for all to see. For... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 4:15

For all things are for your sakes ;.... This is a very large and comprehensive expression, and reaches to all the things of Christ, as well as of his ministers. The incarnation, obedience, death, and resurrection of Christ, are all for the sake of God's elect; and so the ministry of his apostles and servants, their gifts, graces, comforts, and experiences; and so likewise all their reproaches, afflictions, and persecutions; see 2 Corinthians 1:6 . These were endured for their sakes, and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 4:15

For all things are for your sakes - We proclaim all these truths and bear all these sufferings for your sakes, thinking all our sufferings nothing if we can gain converts to Christ, and build believers up on their most holy faith. That the abundant grace - Ἡ χαρις πλεονασασα· The abounding benefit - the copious outpouring of the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit, by which you have been favored and enriched, may, through the thanksgiving of many, redound to the glory of God: i.e.... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 4:15

Verse 15 15.For all things are for your sakes He now associates himself with the Corinthians, not merely in the hope of future blessedness, but also in these very afflictions, in which they might seem to differ from him most widely, for he lets them know, that, if he is afflicted, it is for their benefit. Hence it follows, that there was good reason why they should transfer part of them to themselves. What Paul states, depends first of all on that secret fellowship, which the members of Christ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 4:7-15

Glory of the ministry in the midst of its weakness and suffering. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 4:15

All things are for your sakes . St. Paul has already implied that his life is not his own, and he recurs to the same thought in Colossians 1:24 , and repeats once again towards the close of his life: "I endure all things for the elect's sakes" ( 2 Timothy 2:10 ). Might .. redound. The verb perisseuo may mean either "I abound" or "I make to abound" as in 2 Corinthians 9:8 and Ephesians 1:8 . Here there is a similar thought to that expressed in 2 Corinthians 1:11 , and the best... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Corinthians 4:15

For all things are for your sakes - All these things; these glorious hopes, and truths, and prospects; these self-denials of the apostles, and these provisions of the plan of mercy.For your sakes - On your account. They are designed to promote your salvation. They are not primarily for the welfare of those who engage in these toils and self-denials; but the whole arrangement and execution of the plan of salvation, and all the self-denial evinced by those who are engaged in making that plan... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Corinthians 4:13-15

2 Corinthians 4:13-15. We having the same spirit Which you have, because we have the same faith: or, we have the same spirit of faith which animated the saints of old, David in particular, when he said, I believed, and therefore have I spoken That is, I trusted in God, and therefore he has put this song of praise in my mouth. We also believe Have the same confidence that God will also deliver us out of our troubles; and therefore speak Declare this our confidence by preaching the... read more

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