2 Corinthians (Author Paul)

4:1Therefore, having this ministry, as we have had mercy shewn us, we faint not.

4:2But we have rejected the hidden things of shame, not walking in deceit, nor falsifying the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every conscience of men before God.

4:3But if also our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those that are lost;

4:4in whom the god of this world has blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, so that the radiancy of the glad tidings of the glory of the Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine forth for them.

4:5For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus Lord, and ourselves your bondmen for Jesus' sake.

4:6Because it is the God who spoke that out of darkness light should shine who has shone in our hearts for the shining forth of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

4:7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassingness of the power may be of God, and not from us:

4:8every way afflicted, but not straitened; seeing no apparent issue, but our way not entirely shut up;

4:9persecuted, but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed;

4:10always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body;

4:11for we who live are always delivered unto death on account of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh;

4:12so that death works in us, but life in you.

4:13And having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I have believed, therefore have I spoken; *we* also believe, therefore also we speak;

4:14knowing that he who has raised the Lord Jesus shall raise us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you.

4:15For all things are for your sakes, that the grace abounding through the many may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

4:16Wherefore we faint not; but if indeed our outward man is consumed, yet the inward is renewed day by day.

4:17For our momentary and light affliction works for us in surpassing measure an eternal weight of glory;

4:18while we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen; for the things that are seen are for a time, but those that are not seen eternal.

5:1For we know that if our earthly tabernacle house be destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

5:2For indeed in this we groan, ardently desiring to have put on our house which is from heaven;

5:3if indeed being also clothed we shall not be found naked.

5:4For indeed we who are in the tabernacle groan, being burdened; while yet we do not wish to be unclothed, but clothed, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

5:5Now he that has wrought us for this very thing is God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.

5:6Therefore we are always confident, and know that while present in the body we are absent from the Lord,

5:7(for we walk by faith, not by sight;)

5:8we are confident, I say, and pleased rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.

5:9Wherefore also we are zealous, whether present or absent, to be agreeable to him.

5:10For we must all be manifested before the judgment-seat of the Christ, that each may receive the things done in the body, according to those he has done, whether it be good or evil.

5:11Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord we persuade men, but have been manifested to God, and I hope also that we have been manifested in your consciences.

5:12For we do not again commend ourselves to you, but we are giving to you occasion of boast in our behalf, that ye may have such with those boasting in countenance, and not in heart.

5:13For whether we are beside ourselves, it is to God; or are sober, it is for you.

5:14For the love of the Christ constrains us, having judged this: that one died for all, then all have died;

5:15and he died for all, that they who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who died for them and has been raised.

5:16So that *we* henceforth know no one according to flesh; but if even we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we know him thus no longer.

5:17So if any one be in Christ, there is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold all things have become new:

5:18and all things are of the God who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and given to us the ministry of that reconciliation:

5:19how that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their offences; and putting in us the word of that reconciliation.

5:20We are ambassadors therefore for Christ, God as it were beseeching by us, we entreat for Christ, Be reconciled to God.

5:21Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that *we* might become God's righteousness in him.

6:1But as fellow-workmen, we also beseech that ye receive not the grace of God in vain:

6:2(for he says, I have listened to thee in an accepted time, and I have helped thee in a day of salvation: behold, now is the well-accepted time; behold, now the day of salvation:)

6:3giving no manner of offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed;

6:4but in everything commending ourselves as God's ministers, in much endurance, in afflictions, in necessities, in straits,

6:5in stripes, in prisons, in riots, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,

6:6in pureness, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,

6:7in the word of truth, in the power of God; through the arms of righteousness on the right hand and left,

6:8through glory and dishonour, through evil report and good report: as deceivers, and true;

6:9as unknown, and well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as disciplined, and not put to death;

6:10as grieved, but always rejoicing; as poor, but enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.

6:11Our mouth is opened to you, Corinthians, our heart is expanded.

6:12Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your affections;

6:13but for an answering recompense, (I speak as to children,) let *your* heart also expand itself.

6:14Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what participation is there between righteousness and lawlessness? or what fellowship of light with darkness?

6:15and what consent of Christ with Beliar, or what part for a believer along with an unbeliever?

6:16and what agreement of God's temple with idols? for *ye* are the living God's temple; according as God has said, I will dwell among them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be to me a people.

6:17Wherefore come out from the midst of them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and touch not what is unclean, and *I* will receive you;

6:18and I will be to you for a Father, and ye shall be to me for sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Original from The Bible Foundation - They claim public domain status for their original text.