4:1Because of this, having this ministration, according as we did receive kindness, we do not faint,
4:2but did renounce for ourselves the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor deceitfully using the word of God, but by the manifestation of the truth recommending ourselves unto every conscience of men, before God;
4:3and if also our good news is vailed, in those perishing it is vailed,
4:4in whom the god of this age did blind the minds of the unbelieving, that there doth not shine forth to them the enlightening of the good news of the glory of the Christ, who is the image of God;
4:5for not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus -- Lord, and ourselves your servants because of Jesus;
4:6because it is God who said, Out of darkness light is to shine, who did shine in our hearts, for the enlightening of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
4:7And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us;
4:8on every side being in tribulation, but not straitened; perplexed, but not in despair;
4:9persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
4:10at all times the dying of the Lord Jesus bearing about in the body, that the life also of Jesus in our body may be manifested,
4:11for always are we who are living delivered up to death because of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our dying flesh,
4:12so that, the death indeed in us doth work, and the life in you.
4:13And having the same spirit of the faith, according to that which hath been written, `I believed, therefore I did speak;' we also do believe, therefore also do we speak;
4:14knowing that He who did raise up the Lord Jesus, us also through Jesus shall raise up, and shall present with you,
4:15for the all things are because of you, that the grace having been multiplied, because of the thanksgiving of the more, may abound to the glory of God;
4:16wherefore, we faint not, but if also our outward man doth decay, yet the inward is renewed day by day;
4:17for the momentary light matter of our tribulation, more and more exceedingly an age-during weight of glory doth work out for us --
4:18we not looking to the things seen, but to the things not seen; for the things seen are temporary, but the things not seen are age-during.
5:1For we have known that if our earthly house of the tabernacle may be thrown down, a building from God we have, an house not made with hands -- age-during -- in the heavens,
5:2for also in this we groan, with our dwelling that is from heaven earnestly desiring to clothe ourselves,
5:3if so be that, having clothed ourselves, we shall not be found naked,
5:4for we also who are in the tabernacle do groan, being burdened, seeing we wish not to unclothe ourselves, but to clothe ourselves, that the mortal may be swallowed up of the life.
5:5And He who did work us to this self-same thing is God, who also did give to us the earnest of the Spirit;
5:6having courage, then, at all times, and knowing that being at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord, --
5:7for through faith we walk, not through sight --
5:8we have courage, and are well pleased rather to be away from the home of the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
5:9Wherefore also we are ambitious, whether at home or away from home, to be well pleasing to him,
5:10for all of us it behoveth to be manifested before the tribunal of the Christ, that each one may receive the things done through the body, in reference to the things that he did, whether good or evil;
5:11having known, therefore, the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, and to God we are manifested, and I hope also in your consciences to have been manifested;
5:12for not again ourselves do we recommend to you, but we are giving occasion to you of glorifying in our behalf, that ye may have something in reference to those glorifying in face and not in heart;
5:13for whether we were beside ourselves, it was to God; whether we be of sound mind -- it is to you,
5:14for the love of the Christ doth constrain us, having judged thus: that if one for all died, then the whole died,
5:15and for all he died, that those living, no more to themselves may live, but to him who died for them, and was raised again.
5:16So that we henceforth have known no one according to the flesh, and even if we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him no more;
5:17so that if any one is in Christ -- he is a new creature; the old things did pass away, lo, become new have the all things.
5:18And the all things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and did give to us the ministration of the reconciliation,
5:19how that God was in Christ -- a world reconciling to Himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses; and having put in us the word of the reconciliation,
5:20in behalf of Christ, then, we are ambassadors, as if God were calling through us, we beseech, in behalf of Christ, `Be ye reconciled to God;'
5:21for him who did not know sin, in our behalf He did make sin, that we may become the righteousness of God in him.
6:1And working together also we call upon you that ye receive not in vain the grace of God --
6:2for He saith, `In an acceptable time I did hear thee, and in a day of salvation I did help thee, lo, now is a well-accepted time; lo, now, a day of salvation,' --
6:3in nothing giving any cause of offence, that the ministration may be not blamed,
6:4but in everything recommending ourselves as God's ministrants; in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses,
6:5in stripes, in imprisonments, in insurrections, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,
6:6in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,
6:7in the word of truth, in the power of God, through the armour of the righteousness, on the right and on the left,
6:8through glory and dishonour, through evil report and good report, as leading astray, and true;
6:9as unknown, and recognized; as dying, and lo, we live; as chastened, and not put to death;
6:10as sorrowful, and always rejoicing; as poor, and making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
6:11Our mouth hath been open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart hath been enlarged!
6:12ye are not straitened in us, and ye are straitened in your own bowels,
6:13and as a recompense of the same kind, (as to children I say it,) be ye enlarged -- also ye!
6:14Become not yoked with others -- unbelievers, for what partaking is there to righteousness and lawlessness?
6:15and what fellowship to light with darkness? and what concord to Christ with Belial? or what part to a believer with an unbeliever?
6:16and what agreement to the sanctuary of God with idols? for ye are a sanctuary of the living God, according as God said -- `I will dwell in them, and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people,
6:17wherefore, come ye forth out of the midst of them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and an unclean thing do not touch, and I -- I will receive you,
6:18and I will be to you for a Father, and ye -- ye shall be to Me for sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.'