Try out the new BibleStudyTools.com. Click here!

2 Corinthians 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
New Living Translation (NLT) New International Version (NIV)
1 And so, since God in his mercy has given us this wonderful ministry, we never give up. 1 Therefore, since through God's mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
2 We reject all shameful and underhanded methods. We do not try to trick anyone, and we do not distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know that. 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 we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign that they are perishing. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
4 Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They don't understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of 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 don't go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are your servants because of what Jesus has done for us. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus 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 But this precious treasure -- this light and power that now shine within us -- is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own. 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 are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
10 Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may 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 Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be obvious in our dying bodies. 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 we live in the face of death, but it has resulted in eternal life for you. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, "I believed in God, and so I 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 same God who raised our Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself along 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 of these things are for your benefit. And as God's grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more 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 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed 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 For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come 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.