Pressed Like Wild Grapes…

10 Apr

 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Over the past few days I have done a word study on the above verse.  After looking in my collection of New Testament Greek Dictionaries I have come up with a more thorough translation of this verse.  I hope this short study will bless someone.  Let me know what you think.

A more thorough translation:

We are pressed as grapes but not restricted, we are perplexed (to be without resources, to be in straits, to be left wanting, to be embarrassed, to be in doubt, not to know which way to turn, to be at a loss with one’s self, be in doubt, not to know how to decide or what to do) but not in despair (to be utterly at loss, be utterly destitute of measures or resources, to renounce all hope); Persecuted, (to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away, to run after, to pursue in a hostile manner to harass, trouble, to be mistreated) but not forsaken (or deserted); cast down, (put in a lower place)  but not ruined (or destroyed).

I hope this will help someone…


2 Responses to “Pressed Like Wild Grapes…”

  1. ifacedownworship April 14, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    Yes, indeed. Life for the Christian is never meant to be an easy one. That is why teaching Salvation and basic Christianity in a very shallow way presents a very misleading Christian life – one that is only pleasurable, unsacrificial, man-centered, and selfish. Christ and Gospels presented it in a very opposite manner: hard, painful, and always includes self-denial – that ironically, bring the Christian the deepest joy in life.

    • jbutzu April 14, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Yes… the prosperity gospel in America sickens me as it is a damning gospel, one that focuses on material gain and so little spiritual fruit and self sacrifice. May God bless and keep you my friend… Your friend, John Mark

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