2 Corinthians 4:3
New International Version
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

New Living Translation
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing.

English Standard Version
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

Berean Study Bible
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

Berean Literal Bible
But if indeed our gospel is concealed, it is concealed to those who are perishing,

King James Bible
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

New King James Version
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

New American Standard Bible
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

NASB 1995
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

NASB 1977
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

Amplified Bible
But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing;

Christian Standard Bible
But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

American Standard Version
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if our gospel is covered up, it is covered up to those who are lost,

Contemporary English Version
If there is anything hidden about our message, it is hidden only to someone who is lost.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost,

English Revised Version
But and if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that are perishing:

Good News Translation
For if the gospel we preach is hidden, it is hidden only from those who are being lost.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So if the Good News that we tell others is covered with a veil, it is hidden from those who are dying.

International Standard Version
So if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are dying.

Literal Standard Version
and if our good news is also veiled, it is veiled in those perishing,

NET Bible
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing,

New Heart English Bible
Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing;

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, the meaning of our Good News has been veiled, the veil has been on the hearts of those who are on the way to perdition,

World English Bible
Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish;

Young's Literal Translation
and if also our good news is vailed, in those perishing it is vailed,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Light of the Gospel
2Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by open proclamation of the truth, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:6
Among the mature, however, we speak a message of wisdom--but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,

2 Corinthians 2:15
For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were closed. For to this day the same veil remains at the reading of the old covenant. It has not been lifted, because only in Christ can it be removed.


Treasury of Scripture

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

our.

Romans 2:16
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

1 Thessalonians 1:5
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

1 Timothy 1:11
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

it is.

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

2 Corinthians 2:15,16
For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: …

2 Corinthians 3:14
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.









(3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.--Better, in both cases, as keeping the sequence of thought, has been veiled, instead of "is hid," and among them that are perishing. (See Note on 2Corinthians 2:15.) He cannot close his eyes to the fact that the glorious words of 2Corinthians 3:18 are only partially realised. There are some to whom even the gospel of Christ appears as shrouded by a veil. And these are not, as some have thought, Judaising teachers only or chiefly, but the whole class of those who are at present on the way to perish, not knowing God, counting themselves unworthy of eternal life. The force of the present participle, as not excluding the thought of future change, is again to be carefully noted.

Verse 3. - But if our gospel be hid. This is added to avoid the semblance of a contradiction. He has spoken of "manifestation of the truth," and yet has spoken of all Jews as unable to see it because they will not remove from their hearts the veil which hides it from them. How can "a veiled gospel" be a "manifested truth"? The answer is that the gospel is bright, but the eyes that should gaze on it are wilfully closed. Similarly in 2 Corinthians 2:16, he has compared the gospel to a fragrance of life, yet to the doomed captives - "to the perishing" - it comes "like a waft from the charnel house." A better rendering would be, But even if our gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1; Romans 2:16) is a veiled one. it is veiled only among the perishing (comp. 1 Corinthians 1:18). Be hid; rather, has been veiled. To them that are lost; rather, to the perishing (see note on 2 Corinthians 2:15).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

even
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

if
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

gospel
εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2098: From the same as euaggelizo; a good message, i.e. The gospel.

is
ἔστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

veiled,
κεκαλυμμένον (kekalymmenon)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2572: To veil, hide, conceal, envelop. Akin to klepto and krupto; to cover up.

it is
ἐστὶν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

veiled
κεκαλυμμένον (kekalymmenon)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2572: To veil, hide, conceal, envelop. Akin to klepto and krupto; to cover up.

to
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

those who
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

are perishing.
ἀπολλυμένοις (apollymenois)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's 622: From apo and the base of olethros; to destroy fully, literally or figuratively.


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