Our dear Apostle friend is “troubled on every side.”

Thank God for verses like these.They give us all hope and strength! If Paul had such feelings, surely my having them is more understandable!

The verb “troubled” is spelled “thlibo” and means “pressed!” “Pressed” as one stomps or squeezes grapes to burst them and produce every drop of juice held within them.

It thus means “to afflict” or “to be under great pressure!”

Here’s one way Paul used “thlibo” elsewhere. “For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we WERE TROUBLED on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.” Talk about being all “torn up” Our verse here in 2nd Corinthians 7:5 so indicates such a condition.

The saints of all the ages have encountered such “pressure” too. Here “thlibo” is translated as “afflicted” in the King James Bible. “They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, AFFLICTED, tormented; they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” Hebrews 11:37-38

Thank God Paul was so honest! So brutally honest!

Yet I still occasionally am told of some television preacher or well-known evangelist who asserts again and again that the Christian life is trouble free, money filled and health oriented…

Paul would have thought otherwise.