4 Wherefore having this ministry even as we received mercy we faint not;
2 But 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 unto every conscience of men in the sight of God.
3 And even if our glad-message is veiled In them who are perishing it is veiled,
4 In whom the god of this age hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving To the end they may not discern the radiance of the glad-message of the glory of the Christ—Who is the image of God.
5 For not ourselves do we proclaim but Christ Jesus as Lord, And ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 Because the God who said—Out of darkness light shall shine! [Is he] who hath shone in our hearts In proportion to the radiance of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.
7 Howbeit we have this treasure in earthen vessels, That the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves:—
8 On every side pressed hard but not hemmed in, Without a way but not without a by-way,
9 Pursued but not abandoned, Thrown down but not destroyed;—
10 At all times the putting to death of Jesus in our body bearing about, In order that the life also of Jesus in our body may be made manifest;
11 For evermore we the living unto death are being delivered for Jesus’ sake, In order that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh:
12 So that his death in us doth energise, But his life in you.
13 Howbeit seeing that we have the same spirit of faith, According to that which is written—I believed therefore I spake We also believe therefore also we speak:
14 Knowing that he who raised up [the Lord] Jesus will raise up us also together with Jesus and will present [us] together with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, In order that the favour abounding May through means of the greater number cause the thanksgiving to superabound unto the glory of God.
16 Wherefore we faint not, But even if our outer man is decaying Nevertheless our inner [man] is renewing day by day.
17 For the momentary lightness of the tribulation In a manner yet more and more excelling Is working out for us an age-abiding weight of glory,—
18 So long as we are not looking out for the visible things, But for the invisible; For the visible things are temporary, Whereas the invisible are age-abiding.