2 Corinthians 4


Christ is the Image of the Unseen God

1Therefore, having this service, as we were shown mercy, we tire not. 2But we forbade the hidden things of shame, not walking in cleverness, nor acting treacherously in the word of God; but by open display of the truth, commending ourselves to every conscience of men before God. 3But if [2is 3being covered 1our good news], [3among 4the ones 5perishing 1it is 2covered]; 4in which the god of this eon blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, so as to not shine forth to them the illumination of the good news of the glory of the Christ, who is image of the unseen of God. 5For not ourselves do we proclaim, but Christ Jesus Lord; and ourselves your bondmen for the sake of Jesus. 6For God is the one having told [3from 4darkness 1light 2to radiate], who radiated in our hearts for the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God in the person of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthenware vessels, that the excess of the power might be of God, and not of us; 8in every way afflicted, but not having been restricted; perplexed, but not left destitute; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; thrown down, but not destroyed; 10at all times the slaying of the Lord Jesus in the body carrying round about, that also the life of Jesus in our body should be manifested. 11For continually, we the living, [2unto 3death 1are delivered up] on account of Jesus, that also the life of Jesus should be manifested in [2mortal 3flesh 1our]. 12So that indeed, death [2in 3us 1operates], but life in you. 13And having the same spirit, of the belief, according to the thing having been written, I trusted therefore I spoke; we also trust, therefore we also speak. 14Knowing that the one having raised the Lord Jesus, also [2us 3through 4Jesus 1shall raise], and he shall stand beside with you. 15 For all things are on account of you, that the favor superabounding through the many [2thanksgiving 1should cause] to abound to the glory of God. 16Therefore we do not tire; but even if our outer man be corrupted, yet the inner is restored day by day. 17For the immediate lightness of our affliction [2according to 3excess 4to 5excess 6an eternal 7load 8of glory 1manufactures] to us; 18[2not 3watching 1of our] the things being seen, but the things not being seen; for the things being seen are temporary, but the things not being seen are eternal.
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