“For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.”
King James Version (KJV)
5:13 For if we are transported beyond ourselves - Or at least, appear so to others, treated of, #2Cor 5:15 |- 21, speaking or writing with uncommon vehemence. It is to God - He understands (if men do not) the emotion which himself inspires. If we be sober - Treated of, #2Cor 6:1 |- 10. If I proceed in a more calm, sedate manner. It is for your sakes - Even good men bear this, rather than the other method, in their teachers. But these must obey God, whoever is offended by it.
2Co 5:13 For whether we be beside ourselves. See Ac 26:24. The same charge had probably been made at Corinth. If it were true, it was due to his zeal. His trances, visions and revelations his enemies imputed to madness. [It is] to God. For God or to the power of God. Or whether we be sober, [it is] for your cause. If at other times he was the opposite, "of sober mind" (Revised Version), it was all that he might calmly reason with them and win them.