For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2 Corinthians 4:17, KJV
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17, NIV
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
2 Corinthians 4:17, NLT
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
2 Corinthians 4:17, ESV
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
2 Corinthians 4:17, NKJV
For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17, CSB
For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;
2 Corinthians 4:17, ASV
For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
2 Corinthians 4:17, RSV
For this verse analysis, we will be using the O.I.C.A. method of studying the Holy Bible.
Christians have always faced persecution, and the apostle Paul was no exception. In 2 Corinthians 4:17, we are reminded that our ultimate goal is not to be comfortable in this life, but to be with God in the next.
It is also a reminder that no matter how bad things seem, God is still in control and will ultimately triumph over evil. In times of trouble, we can take comfort in knowing that our suffering is only temporary and that there is an eternity of glory awaiting us.
These words offer comfort and hope to anyone who is struggling, emphasizing the importance of perspective and a reminder of God’s love for us and his power to help us through anything we may face in life.
This verse is often taken as a promise of relief from suffering. Even though our troubles may feel overwhelming, they are only temporary. The eternal glory that awaits us is far greater than anything we could ever experience on earth. Therefore, we should not be discouraged by our present difficulties but should fix our eyes on the prize of eternal life.
To best interpret the comparison of how small our current struggles may be against the weight of eternal glory, consider the length of time of our lives against the age of the planet. Our time on earth is infinitesimal compared to how long the planet has existed. The same goes for the length of time our struggles may last against… eternity. As scripture puts it, they are “beyond all comparison.”
This doesn’t mean that we should ignore the problems of this world; rather, it means that we should keep them in perspective and not allow them to consume us.
Our focus should be on God and His eternal kingdom.
The apostle Paul, who wrote the letter to the Corinthians, was himself no stranger to hardship. He had been persecuted, beaten, and imprisoned for his faith. And yet, he did not lose hope.
Similarly, the Corinthians are also experiencing extreme hardship. But God will see that they prevail and are awaited in eternity with Him. Through Paul, they are reminded of what awaits them while simultaneously being encouraged to carry on.
He reminds them that sufferings are temporary and will one day be replaced by eternal glory and should not let their hardships overwhelm them. Instead, they should fix their eyes on the prize of eternity with God and trust that He will ultimately triumph over all evil.
When interpreted in the context of the broader biblical story, it becomes clear that 2 Corinthians 4:17 is a powerful statement about human suffering and the hope of redemption.
Our earthly problems are temporary, and we should focus on our eternal salvation granted to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
We must have hope in the face of difficulties despite the trials we face in this life.
The devil wants us to give up.
Even though we will go through difficult times in our lives, they are only temporary. The eternal glory that God has in store for us is much greater. We can apply this verse to our lives by remembering that no matter what we are going through, God is with us and He has a plan for us.
We can also use this verse as motivation to persevere through tough times, knowing that the rewards will be great. This perspective can help us to endure hardship and persevere through difficult times. It also helps us to keep our eyes on what is truly important: our relationship with God and the eternal rewards that await us in heaven. When we apply this truth to our lives, it can make a world of difference. It can help us to find strength when we are weak, hope when we are discouraged, and peace in the midst of turmoil.
Endurance produces character and though our problems may feel overwhelming and tenous, they last but a short time compared to eternity.
For more on the book of 2 Corinthians, please reference our articles here.
This article references verses primarily written from the King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), New Living Translation (NLT), English Standard Version (ESV), and New King James Version (NKJV) translations of the Bible.