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2 Corinthians 4

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He declares how he has used all sincerity and faithful diligence in preaching the gospel,

4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we donít faint.

4:2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every manís conscience in the sight of God.

4:3 Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish;

4:4 in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.

4:5 For we donít preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesusí sake;

4:6 seeing it is God who said,

ďLight will shine out of darkness,Ē *
who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

and how the troubles and persecutions which he daily endured for the same did redound to the praise of God's power,

4:7 But we have this treasure in clay vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves.

4:8 We are pressed on every side, yet not crushed; perplexed, yet not to despair;

4:9 pursued, yet not forsaken; struck down, yet not destroyed;

4:10 always carrying in the body the putting to death of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

4:11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesusí sake, that the life also of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh.

to the benefit of the church,

4:12 So then death works in us, but life in you.

4:13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written,

ďI believed, and therefore I spoke.Ē *
  We also believe, and therefore also we speak;

4:14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will present us with you.

4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

and to the apostle's own eternal glory.

4:16 Therefore we donít faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.

4:17 For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;

4:18 while we donít look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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