Therefore, since through God's mercy1 we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.22
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways;3 we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.4 On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience5 in the sight of God.
And even if our gospel6 is veiled,7 it is veiled to those who are perishing.84
The god9 of this age10 has blinded11 the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ,12 who is the image of God.135
For what we preach is not ourselves,14 but Jesus Christ as Lord,15 and ourselves as your servants16 for Jesus' sake.
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"a17 made his light shine in our hearts18 to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ.197
But we have this treasure in jars of clay20 to show that this all-surpassing power is from God21 and not from us.
We are hard pressed on every side,22 but not crushed; perplexed,23 but not in despair;
persecuted,24 but not abandoned;25 struck down, but not destroyed.2610
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,27 so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.2811
For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake,29 so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.
So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.3013
It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."b31 Since we have that same spirit ofc faith,32 we also believe and therefore speak,
because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead33 will also raise us with Jesus34 and present us with you to himself.3515
All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving36 to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart.37 Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly38 we are being renewed39 day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.4018
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,41 since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.