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2 Corinthians 4:1-9 (New American Standard)

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Paul's Apostolic Ministry

1 Therefore , since we have this 1ministry, as we 2received mercy, we 3do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the 4things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or 5adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth 6commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our 7gospel is 8veiled, it is veiled ato 9those who are perishing, 4 in whose case 10the god of 11this bworld has 12blinded the minds of the unbelieving cso that they might not see the 13light of the gospel of the 14glory of Christ, who is the 15image of God. 5 For we 16do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants dfor Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "17Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has 18shone in our hearts to give the 19Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in 20earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of 21the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8 we are 22afflicted in every way, but not 23crushed; 24perplexed, but not despairing; 9 25persecuted, but not 26forsaken; 27struck down, but not destroyed;
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