New Living Translation
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
King James Bible
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
Darby Bible Translation
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be of God, and not from us:
World English Bible
But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.
Young's Literal Translation
And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:7 But we - Not only the apostles, but all true believers. Have this treasure - Of divine light, love, glory. In earthen vessels - In frail, feeble, perishing bodies. He proceeds to show, that afflictions, yea, death itself, are so far from hindering the ministration of the Spirit, that they even further it, sharpen the ministers, and increase the fruit. That the excellence of the power, which works these in us, may undeniably appear to be of God.
LibraryMeditations of the Blessed State of a Regenerate Man in Heaven.
Here my meditation dazzles, and my pen falls out of my hand; the one being not able to conceive, nor the other to describe, that most excellent bliss, and eternal weight of glory (2 Cor. iv. 17; Rom. viii. 18)--whereof all the afflictions of this present life are not worthy--which all the elect shall with the blessed Trinity enjoy, from that time that they shall be received with Christ, as joint-heirs (Rom. viii. 17) into that everlasting kingdom of joy. Notwithstanding, we may take a scantling thereof. …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
Out of the Depths
Light of a Stone Most Precious
The Council of Nicæa.
The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.
how much less will he trust people made of clay! They are made of dust, crushed as easily as a moth.
Remember that you made me from dust--will you turn me back to dust so soon?
Look, you and I both belong to God. I, too, was formed from clay.
See how the precious children of Jerusalem, worth their weight in fine gold, are now treated like pots of clay made by a common potter.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
1 Corinthians 2:5
I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
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