2 Corinthians 5:13

“For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For whether wee bee besides our selues, it is to God: or whether we bee sober, it is for your cause.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For whether we are beside ourselves, it is unto God; or whether we are of sober mind, it is unto you.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if we are foolish, it is to God; or if we are serious, it is for you.
- Basic English Bible

For whether we are beside ourselves, [it is] to God; or are sober, [it is] for you.
- Darby Bible

For whether we are beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we are sober, it is for your cause.
- Webster's Bible

For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God's glory; or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be of service to you.
- Weymouth Bible

For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you.
- World English Bible

For ethir we bi mynde passen to God, ether we ben sobre to you.
- Wycliffe Bible

for whether we were beside ourselves, [it was] to God; whether we be of sound mind -- [it is] to you,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:13


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.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 5:13


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.

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