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2 Corinthians 4 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God, with his mercy, gave us this work to do, so we don't give up. 1 Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
2 But we have turned away from secret and shameful ways. We use no trickery, and we do not change the teaching of God. We teach the truth plainly, showing everyone who we are. Then they can know in their hearts what kind of people we are in God's sight. 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 If the Good News that we preach is hidden, it is hidden only to those who are lost. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4 The devil who rules this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. They cannot see the light of the Good News -- the Good News about the glory of Christ, who is exactly like God. 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 We do not preach about ourselves, but we preach that Jesus Christ is Lord and that we are your servants for Jesus. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 God once said, "Let the light shine out of the darkness!" This is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ. 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 We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not 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 We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not give up the hope of living. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
10 We carry the death of Jesus in our own bodies so that the life of Jesus can also be seen 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 We are alive, but for Jesus we are always in danger of death so that the life of Jesus can be seen in our bodies that die. 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 So death is working in us, but life is working in you. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 It is written in the Scriptures, "I believed, so I spoke." Our faith is like this, too. We believe, and so we speak. 13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak,
14 God raised the Lord Jesus from the dead, and we know that God will also raise us with Jesus. God will bring us together with you, and we will stand before him. 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 these things are for you. And so the grace of God that is being given to more and more people will bring increasing thanks to God for his glory. 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 So we do not give up. Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
17 We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18 We set our eyes not on what we see but on what we cannot see. What we see will last only a short time, but what we cannot see will 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.