5 For we know that—If our earthly tent-dwelling should be taken down We have a building of God, A dwelling not made by hand, Age-abiding in the heavens.
2 And verily in this we sigh earnestly desiring to clothe ourselves over with our habitation which is of heaven,—
3 Although indeed even clothing ourselves we shall not be found naked;—
4 And verily we who are in the tent do sigh being weighed down, While yet we are not wishing to unclothe ourselves but to clothe ourselves over,—In order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now he that hath wrought us for this very thing is God,—Who hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit,
6 Having good courage therefore at all times, And knowing that—Remaining at home in the body We are away from home from the Lord,—
7 By faith are we walking Not by sight;—
8 We have good courage however, and are well pleased—Rather to be away from home out of the body, And to come home unto the Lord.
9 Wherefore also we are ambitious—Whether at home or away from home To be well-pleasing unto him.
10 For we all must needs be made manifest before the judgment seat of the Christ, That each one may get back the things done by means of the body, According to the things which he practised Whether good or corrupt.
11 Knowing then the fear of the Lord We persuade men, But unto God are manifest,—I hope moreover even in your consciences that we are manifest:
12 Not again ourselves do we commend unto you, But as though an occasion we were giving unto you—something to boast of in our behalf; That ye may have something suited unto them who in appearance are boasting and not in heart.
13 For whether we have been beside ourselves it hath been for God, Or whether we are sober-minded it is for you.
14 For the love of the Christ constraineth us;—
15 Having judged this,—That one in behalf of all died, Hence they all died; And in behalf of all died he,—In order that they who live No longer for themselves should live, But for him who in their behalf died and rose again.
16 So that we henceforth know no one after the flesh: If we have even been gaining after the flesh a knowledge of Christ
17 On the contrary now no longer are we gaining it. So that if any one is in Christ there is a new creation! The old things have passed away,—Lo! they have become new!
18 The all things moreover are of God,—Who hath reconciled us unto himself through Christ, And hath given unto us the reconciling ministry:—
19 How that God was in Christ Reconciling a world unto himself, Not reckoning unto them their offences,—And hath put in us the reconciling discourse.
20 In behalf of Christ therefore are we ambassadors,—As if God were beseeching through us: We entreat in behalf of Christ,—Be reconciled unto God!
21 Him who knew not sin In our behalf he made to be sin, That we might become God’s righteousness in him.