Psalm 4:6-8/2 Corinthians 4:6-10 Comparing From NKJV Reader’s, KJV American Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976 Jerry Falwell, ANT James Moffatt (Old), TLB The People’s SB, NLT Abundant Life

Psalm 4:6-8 NKJV Reader’s There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

2 Corinthians 4:6-10 NKJV Reader’s For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

We are hard=pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not forsaken;  stuck down, but not destroyed–

always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

Micah 7:7-8 NKJV Reader’s Therefore will look to the LORD; will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When fall, will arise; When sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me.

Psalm 4:6-8 KJV American Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976 Jerry Falwell There be many that say, Who will show us any good? “LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

will both lay me down in peace, and sleep; for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

II Corinthians 4:6-10 KJV American Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976 Jerry Falwell For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Living by Faith

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Micah 7:7-8 KJV American Bicentennial Edition 1776-1976 Jerry Falwell Therefore will look unto the LORD; will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

God’s Concern for his People

Rejoice not against me, mine enemy: when fall, shall arise; when sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Psalm 4:6-8 ANT James Moffatt (Old) Many long for a sight of prosperous days; “Only look up and smile on us, O Eternal!”

My heart thou hast already given more joy than theirs who harvest corn and store new wine.

So quietly lay me down to sleep, for even alone, thanks to thee, am secure.

2 Corinthians 4:6-10 ANT James Moffatt (Old) For God who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” has shone within my heart to illuminate men with the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Christ.

But possess this treasure in a frail vessel of earth, to show that the transcending power belongs to God, not to myself;

on every side am harried but not hemmed in, perplexed

but not despairing, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed–

wherever go, am being killed in the body as Jesus was, so that the life of Jesus may come out in my body;

Micah 7:7-8 ANT James Moffatt (Old) As for me, I will look out for the Eternal, will await my saviour God; my God will aid me.

Exult not over me, my enemies; though fall, rise, though sit in darkness, the Eternal is my light.

C. The Psalmist’s Confidence in GOD

Psalm 4:6-8 TLB The People’s SB Many say that God will never help us. Prove them wrong, O Lord, by letting the light of your face shine down upon us.

Yes, the gladness you have given me is far greater than their joys at harvest time as they gaze at their bountiful crops.

will lie down in peace and sleep, for though am alone, O Lord, you will keep me safe.

2 Corinthians 4:6-10 TLB The People’s SB For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made us understand that it is the brightness of his glory that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

3. The Perserverance of the Ministry

But this precious treasure–this light and power that now shine within us–is held in a perishable container, that is, in our weak bodies. Everyone can see that the glorious power within must be from God and is not our own.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.

We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.

These bodies of ours are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; so it is clear to all that it is only the living Christ within [who keeps us safe]

Micah 7:7-8 TLB The People’s SB As for me, look to the Lord for his help; wait for God to save me; he will hear me.

Do not rejoice against me, O my enemy, for though fall, will rise again! When sit in darkness, the Lord himself will be my light.

Psalm 4:6-8 NLT Abundant Life Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, LORD.

You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.

In peace will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.

2 Corinthians 4:6-10 NLT Abundant Life For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

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.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.

We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Through sufferings, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.

Micah 7:7-8 NLT Abundant Life As for me, look to the LORD for help. wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.

Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, will rise again. Though sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.