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2 Corinthians 4:9

    2 Corinthians 4:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    We are cruelly attacked, but not without hope; we are made low, but we are not without help;

    Webster's Revision

    pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;

    World English Bible

    pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 4:9

    Cast - Worn-out; old; cast-off.
    Forsaken - To leave in an abandoned condition.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 4:9

    Persecuted, but not forsaken - Διωκομενοι, αλλ' ουκ εγκαταλειπομενοι. The διωκομενοι, pursued, is peculiar to the δρομος, or race, when one being foremost others pursue, and get up close after him, endeavoring to outstrip him, but cannot succeed: this is the meaning of ουκ εγκαταλειπομενοι, not outstripped, or outgone, as the word implies. So in Plutarch: τους απολειφθεντας ου στεφανουσι, they do not crown them that are distanced or left behind. So says the apostle, 1 Corinthians 9:24 : All run, but only One receiveth the Prize.

    Cast down, but not destroyed - Καταβαλλομενοι αλλ' ουκ απολλυμενοι. This also belongs to wrestlers, where he that throws the other first is conqueror. And so Hesychius: καταβαλει, νικησει, ῥιψει, to cast down is to overcome, to throw. And then, the being not destroyed signifies that, although they were thrown down-cast into troubles and difficulties, yet they rose again, and surmounted them all.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 4:9

    Persecuted - Often persecuted, persecuted in all places. The Book of Acts shows how true this was.

    But not forsaken - Not deserted; nor left by God Though persecuted by people, yet they experi enced the fulfillment of the divine promise that he would never leave nor forsake them. God always interposed to aid them; always saved them from the power of their enemies; always sustained them in the time of persecution. It is still true. His people have been often persecuted. Yet God has often interposed to save them from the hands of their enemies; and where he has not saved them from their hands, and preserved their lives, yet he has never left them, but has sustained, upheld, and comforted them even in the dreadful agonies of death.

    Cast down - Thrown down by our enemies, perhaps in allusion to the contests of wrestlers, or of gladiators.

    But not destroyed - Not killed. They rose again; they recovered their strength; they were prepared for new conflicts. They surmounted every difficulty, and were ready to engage in new strifes, and to meet new trials and persecutions.