New International Version
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
King James Bible
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore we faint not; but if indeed our outward man is consumed, yet the inward is renewed day by day.
World English Bible
Therefore we don't faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.
Young's Literal Translation
wherefore, we faint not, but if also our outward man doth decay, yet the inward is renewed day by day;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For which cause we faint not - Ουκ εκκα κουμεν. See on 2 Corinthians 4:1 (note). Here we have the same various reading; εγκακουμεν, we do no wickedness; and it is supported by BDEFG, and some others: but it is remarkable that Mr. Wakefield follows the common reading here, though the various-reading is at least as well supported in this verse as in verse first. The common reading, faint not, appears to agree best with the apostle's meaning.
But though our outward man - That is, our body - that part of us that can be seen, heard, and felt, perish - be slowly consumed by continual trials and afflictions, and be martyred at last;
Yet the inward man - Our soul - that which cannot be felt or seen by others, is renewed - is revived, and receives a daily increase of light and life from God, so that we grow more holy, more happy, and more meet for glory every day.
It was an opinion among the Jews that even spirits stood in need of continual renovation. They say that "God renews the angels daily, by putting them into the fiery river from which they proceeded, and then gives them the same name they had before." And they add, that in like manner he renews the hearts of the Israelites every year, when they turn to him by repentance. It is a good antidote against the fear of death to find, as the body grows old and decays, the soul grows young and is invigorated. By the outward man and the inward man St. Paul shows that he was no materialist: he believed that we have both a body and a soul; and so far was he from supposing that when the body dies the whole man is decomposed, and continues so to the resurrection, that he asserts that the decays of the one lead to the invigorating of the other; and that the very decomposition of the body itself leaves the soul in the state of renewed youth. The vile doctrine of materialism is not apostolic.
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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
You said, 'Woe to me! The LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am worn out with groaning and find no rest.'
For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
1 Peter 4:14
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
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