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2 Corinthians 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We don't become discouraged, since God has given us this ministry through his mercy. 1 Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
2 Instead, we have refused to use secret and shameful ways. We don't use tricks, and we don't distort God's word. As God watches, we clearly reveal the truth to everyone. This is our [letter of] recommendation. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3 So if the Good News that we tell others is covered with a veil, it is hidden from those who are dying. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4 The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. As a result, they don't see the light of the Good News about Christ's glory. It is Christ who is God's image. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5 Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God's glory which shines from Christ's face. 6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7 Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn't come from us. 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
8 In every way we're troubled, but we aren't crushed by our troubles. We're frustrated, but we don't give up. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 We're persecuted, but we're not abandoned. We're captured, but we're not killed. 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
10 We always carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
11 While we are alive, we are constantly handed over to death for Jesus' sake so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our mortal nature. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.
12 Death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 The following is written, "I believed; therefore, I spoke." We have that same spirit of faith. We also believe; therefore, we also speak. 13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak,
14 We know that the one who brought the Lord Jesus back to life will also bring us back to life through Jesus. He will present us to God together with you. 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.
15 All this is for your sake so that, as God's kindness overflows in the lives of many people, it will produce even more thanksgiving to the glory of God. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 That is why we are not discouraged. Though outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are renewed day by day. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
17 Our suffering is light and temporary and is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18 We don't look for things that can be seen but for things that can't be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. But things that can't be seen last forever. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.