2 Corinthians 4

The Light of the Gospel

1Therefore, having a  this ministry b  by the mercy of God,
Greek as we have received mercy
we do not lose heart.
2But we have renounced d  disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice
Greek  to walk in
cunning or f  to tamper with God’s word, but g  by the open statement of the truth h  we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
3And even i  if our gospel is veiled j  it is veiled to k  those who are perishing. 4In their case l  the god of this world m  has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing n  the light of o  the gospel of the glory of Christ p  who is the image of God. 5For what q  we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with r  ourselves as your servants
Greek bondservants
for Jesussake.
6For God, who said t  “Let light shine out of darkness,” u  has shone in our hearts to give v  the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Treasure in Jars of Clay

7But we have this treasure in w  jars of clay x  to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8We are y  afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but z  not forsaken; aa  struck down, but not destroyed; 10 ab  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus ac  so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesussake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So ad  death is at work in us, but life in you.

13Since we have ae  the same spirit of faith according to what has been written af  “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14knowing that ag  he who raised the Lord Jesus ah  will raise us also with Jesus and ai  bring us with you into his presence. 15For aj  it is all for your sake, so that as ak  grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving al  to the glory of God.

16So we do not lose heart. am  Though our outer self
Greek man
is wasting away ao  our inner self ap  is being renewed day by day.
17For aq  this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 ar  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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