Lectionary Year B
March 2, 2003
2Corinthians 4:3-6

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation


A. Comparing Translations

B. Textual Criticism

(v. 3) "And if the gospel of us is also hidden, it is hidden among those who are perishing, (v. 4) among whom the god of this world blinded the thought processes of the unbelieving ones toward the not to let shine forth the radiance of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (v. 5) For we are not preaching ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, but ourselves as slaves of you on account of Jesus, (v. 6) because God is the One who says: "the light will illuminate out of darkness," who brought illumination among our hearts toward the radiance of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

(DR) This is a short pericope -The Issue here is the relationship between the darkness and light. - Jesus is the light, he shows us the truth.

(JA) The vision of the world is cosmic ‘aeon' -

(JA) The preposition ‘phos' the brightness of the illumination: relation of genitives, it might have doxological or liturgical element. - Order: Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus - there is a preference for the second title.

(FS) The different versions are of some interest here.

(JA) The precise nature of slavery is important here: in it's essence, it's somebody without freedom. There are, however, 4 different terms used for such a condition. This passage is rich in servant language.

C. Rough Translation

2 Corinthians 3:18-4:15
(JEA) 3:18) As we all are gazing upon the glory of the Lord in his unveiled face, we are being transformed by the same icon from glory to glory, indeed by the same Spirit of the Lord. 4:1) For this reason, having this ministry just as we were shown mercy (by God), we are not losing heart, 2) but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in the ways of craftiness, nor adulterating the word of God, but in the open manifestation of the truth we are commending ourselves to all accountable faculties of judgement among people in the sight of God. 3) And if then our gospel has been hidden, it has been hidden among those we are perishing, 4) among whom "the god of this aeon" blinded the thoughts of those who do not believe so that they would not catch the sight of the gleaming gospel of the glory of Christ, who is God's very icon. 5) For we are not preaching ourselves (as special), but Jesus Christ the Lord, and ourselves your slaves for Jesus' sake. 6) For the God, the One having spoken "out of the darkness a light will shine forth" which illuminated in our hearts toward the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7) And we have this treasure in earthen vessels in order that the vitality of the power may be of God and not of ourselves. 8) In every way we are being hard pressed, but not pushed into a corner; we are at our wit's end, but not to the point of despair; 9) we are being pursued, but are not left to our own devices; cast down, but not destroyed; 10) we are always carrying about in our body the death of Jesus in order the life of Jesus may shine forth in our body. 11) For without fail we who are living are being handed over into death for Jesus' sake in order that also the life of Jesus may shine forth within our mortal existence. 12) Hence, death is at work in us, but life in you all. 13) Now having the same (S?)spirit of faith according to that which was written of old, "I believed, for this reason I spoke..." we also believed and for this reason we speak, 14) knowing that the One having raised the Lord Jesus also will raise us with Jesus and will present us together with you all. 15) For all things are for your sakes in order that grace, having increased for more and more people, may lead to an increase of thanksgiving for the glory of God!

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