2 Corinthians Chapter 4
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 He declareth how hee hath vsed all synceritie and faithfull diligence in preaching the Gospel, 7 and how the troubles and persecutions which he dayly indured for the same, did redound to the praise of Gods power, 12 to the benefit of the Church, 16 and to the Apostles owne eternall glory.
Therefore, seeing we haue this ministery, as we haue receiued mercie wee faint not:
But haue renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftines, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the trueth, commending our selues to euery mans conscience, in the sight of God.2
But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which beleeue not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine vnto them.
For we preach not our selues, but Christ Iesus the Lord, and our selues your seruants for Iesus sake.
For God who commaunded the light to shine out of darkenes, hath shined in our hearts, to giue the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Iesus Christ.
But we haue this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellencie of the power may be of God, and not of vs.
Wee are troubled on euery side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despaire,8
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast downe, but not destroyed.
Alwayes bearing about in the body, the dying of the Lord Iesus, that the life also of Iesus might bee made manifest in our body.
For we which liue, are always deliuered vnto death for Iesus sake, that the life also of Iesus might bee made manifest in our mortall flesh.
So then death worketh in vs, but life in you.
We hauing the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I beleeued, and therefore haue I spoken: wee also beleeue, and therefore speake.13
Knowing that hee which raised vp the Lord Iesus, shall raise vp vs also by Iesus, and shall present vs with you.
The inward man.
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundāt grace might, through the thankesgiuing of many, redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not, but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a momēt, worketh for vs a farre more exceeding and eternall waight of glory,
While we looke not at the things which are seene, but at þe things which are not seene: for the things which are seene, are temporall, but the things which are not seene, are eternall.
2 Corinthians Chapter 4 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
2 Gr. shame.
8 Or, not altogether without help or meanes.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania