4:17 light affliction. Paul’s afflictions were hardly “light” by human standards (e.g., II Corinthians 11:23-33). These were only momentary, however, in the scales of eternity, and were “light” in comparison to the “weight” of glory yet to come (Romans 8:18).

4:17 but for a moment. The word here for “moment” is parautikos, meaning “at present.” Compare Luke 4:5; I Corinthians 15:52.


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