2 Corinthians 5 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 1 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
2 Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our heavenly dwelling, 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,
3 so that by putting it on we may not be found naked. 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
4 For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety; not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 7 We live by faith, not by sight.
8 We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.
12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that you may be able to answer those who pride themselves on a man's position and not on his heart. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 13 If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
15 And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.