4:1¤ Therefore seeing we have this ministration, according as we have obtained mercy, we faint not.
4:2But we renounce the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness nor adulterating the word of God: but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience, in the sight of God.
4:3And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost,
4:4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.
4:5For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord: and ourselves your servants through Jesus.
4:6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus.
4:7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency may be of the power of God and not of us.
4:8In all things we suffer tribulation: but are not distressed. We are straitened: but are not destitute.
4:9We suffer persecution: but are not forsaken. We are cast down: but we perish not.
4:10Always bearing about in our body the mortification of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our bodies.
4:11For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake: that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
4:12So then death worketh in us: but life in you.
4:13But having the same spirit of faith, as it is written: I believed, for which cause I have spoken; we also believe. For which cause we speak also:
4:14Knowing that he who raised up Jesus will raise us up also with Jesus and place us with you.
4:15For all things are for your sakes: that the grace, abounding through many, may abound in thanksgiving unto the glory of God.
4:16For which cause we faint not: but though our outward man is corrupted, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
4:17For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation worketh for us above measure, exceedingly an eternal weight of glory.
4:18While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal: but the things which are not seen, are eternal.
5:1¤ For we know, if our earthly house of this habitation be dissolved, that we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heaven.
5:2For in this also we groan, desiring to be clothed upon with our habitation that is from heaven.
5:3Yet so that we be found clothed, not naked.
5:4For we also, who are in this tabernacle, do groan, being burthened; because we would not be unclothed, but clothed upon, that that which is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5:5Now he that maketh us for this very thing is God, who hath given us the pledge of the Spirit,
5:6Therefore having always confidence, knowing that while we are in the body we are absent from the Lord.
5:7(For we walk by faith and not by sight.)
5:8But we are confident and have a good will to be absent rather from the body and to be present with the Lord.
5:9And therefore we labour, whether absent or present, to please him.
5:10For we must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the proper things of the body, according as he hath done, whether it be good or evil.
5:11Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we use persuasion to men: but to God we are manifest. And I trust also that in your consciences we are manifest.
5:12We commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion to glory in our behalf: that you may have somewhat to answer them who glory in face, and not in heart.
5:13For whether we be transported in mind, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for you.
5:14For the charity of Christ presseth us: judging this, that if one died for all, then all were dead.
5:15And Christ died for all: that they also who live may not now live to themselves, but unto him who died for them and rose again.
5:16Wherefore henceforth, we know no man according to the flesh. And if we have known Christ according to the flesh: but now we know him so no longer.
5:17If then any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new.
5:18But all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
5:19For God indeed was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing to them their sins. And he hath placed in us the word of reconciliation.
5:20For Christ therefore we are ambassadors, God as it were exhorting by us, for Christ, we beseech you, be reconciled to God.
5:21Him, who knew no sin, he hath made sin for us: that we might be made the justice of God in him.
6:1¤ And we helping do exhort you that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
6:2For he saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time: behold, now is the day of salvation.
6:3Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed.
6:4But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses,
6:5In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,
6:6In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned,
6:7In the word of truth, in the power of God: by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left:
6:8By honour and dishonour: by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true:
6:9As unknown and yet known: As dying and behold we live: as chastised and not killed:
6:10As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as needy, yet enriching many: as having nothing and possessing all things.
6:11Our mouth is open to you, O ye Corinthians: our heart is enlarged.
6:12You are not straitened in us: but in your own bowels you are straitened.
6:13But having the same recompense (I speak as to my children): be you also enlarged.
6:14Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?
6:15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?
6:16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God: as God saith: I will dwell in them and walk among them. And I will be their God: and they shall be my people.
6:17Wherefore: Go out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: And I will receive you.
6:18And will be a Father to you: and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.