Re: 2 Corinthians 4:17

From: Lemuel G. Abarte (
Date: Fri Apr 18 1997 - 16:00:37 EDT

My piece on the verse:

1. BAROS DOXHS is a Semitic pun: Perhaps Paul is being humorous here to
illustrate the point. In Hebrew it sounds like KABED...KABOD...
2. This is one of those Semitisms found in the New Testament.
3. The rendering could be "glorious glory", "full measure of glory" with
the apparent emphasis on the magnitude of such glory to be revealed - in the
Presence of the God of Glory. It is a full splendor.
4. KAQ' hUPERBOLHN EIS hUPERBOLHN is untranslatable and could be
approximated thus, "far above all proportions" or "beyond all comparison".

I would translate this verse as:

"For our light momentary suffering works for us an everlasting fulness of
glory beyond all comparison."

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