Therefore, since through God's mercy1 we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.22
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways;3 we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.4 On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience5 in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel6 is veiled,7 it is veiled to those who are perishing.84
The god9 of this age10 has blinded11 the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,12 who is the image of God.135
For we do not preach ourselves,14 but Jesus Christ as Lord,15 and ourselves as your servants16 for Jesus' sake.
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"a17 made his light shine in our hearts18 to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.197
But we have this treasure in jars of clay20 to show that this all-surpassing power is from God21 and not from us.
We are hard pressed on every side,22 but not crushed; perplexed,23 but not in despair;
persecuted,24 but not abandoned;25 struck down, but not destroyed.2610
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,27 so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.28