2 Corinthians 4:7-16 NIV

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay1 to show that this all-surpassing power is from God2 and not from us.

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8 We are hard pressed on every side,3 but not crushed; perplexed,4 but not in despair;

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9 persecuted,5 but not abandoned;6 struck down, but not destroyed.7

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10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,8 so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.9

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11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake,10 so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

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12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.11

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13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."a12 With that same spirit of faith13 we also believe and therefore speak,

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14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead14 will also raise us with Jesus15 and present us with you in his presence.16

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15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving17 to overflow to the glory of God.

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16 Therefore we do not lose heart.18 Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly19 we are being renewed20 day by day.

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