2 Corinthians 4:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 4:13, NIV: It is written: 'I believed; therefore I have spoken.' Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,

2 Corinthians 4:13, ESV: Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,

2 Corinthians 4:13, KJV: We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

2 Corinthians 4:13, NASB: But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written: 'I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,' we also believe, therefore we also speak,

2 Corinthians 4:13, NLT: But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, 'I believed in God, so I spoke.'

2 Corinthians 4:13, CSB: And since we have the same spirit of faith in keeping with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak.

What does 2 Corinthians 4:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has just described how deeply he and his friends have suffered as messengers of the gospel. This proclamation is the good news that all who trust in Christ for the forgiveness of their sin can be included in God's glory forever. He has also made clear that, by God's power, they have endured this suffering without being finally or fully defeated. God's choice to use fragile, limited people to proclaim a powerful message is part of His glory.

Now Paul quotes from Psalm 116. This connects the psalmist's declaration of faith that God has delivered his soul from death. Specifically, Paul quotes from Psalm 116:10, saying "I believed, and so I spoke." He and his co-workers for the gospel of Jesus also believe and also continue to speak of their faith in Christ in spite of their suffering. In the following verse, Paul points to his own future resurrection from the dead as the motivation behind his faith and ongoing proclamation of the gospel.