8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
English Standard Version
8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
8 As it is, there's not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we're not much to look at. We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do,
New King James Version
8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
New Living Translation
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
The apostles were great sufferers, yet they met with wonderful support. Believers may be forsaken of their friends, as well as persecuted by enemies; but their God will never leave them nor forsake them. There may be fears within, as well as fightings without; yet we are not destroyed. The apostle speaks of their sufferings as a counterpart of the sufferings of Christ, that people might see the power of Christ's resurrection, and of grace in and from the living Jesus. In comparison with them, other Christians were, even at that time, in prosperous circumstances.