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8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;

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8. Greek, "BEING hard pressed, yet not inextricably straitened; reduced to inextricable straits" (nominative to "we have," 2Co 4:7).

on every sideGreek, "in every respect" (compare 2Co 4:10, "always"; 2Co 7:5). This verse expresses inward distresses; 2Co 4:9, outward distresses (2Co 7:5). "Without were fightings; within were fears." The first clause in each member of the series of contrasted participles, implies the earthiness of the vessels; the second clause, the excellency of the power.

perplexed, but not in despairGreek, "not utterly perplexed." As perplexity refers to the future, so "troubled" or "hard pressed" refers to the present.