Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1For we know that surely this our bodily house * that is in The Earth will be destroyed; but there is a building for us that is from God, a house which is not by the work of hands, in Heaven for eternity. 2For concerning this also we are made to groan, and we long to wear our house that is from Heaven, 3If also whenever we are clothed we shall not be found naked. 4For as we are now in this house, we are made to groan by its weight, and we do not want to strip it off, but to put on over it, that its mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5And he who prepares us for this is God; he it is who gives us the down payment* of his Spirit.
6Because we know therefore and we are convinced that as long as we dwell in the body, we are absent from Our Lord; 7For it is by faith that we walk and not by sight. 8Because of this we trust and we long to depart from the body and to be with Our Lord. 9We are diligent that, whether away from home or an inhabitant, we may be pleasing to him. 10For we are all going to stand before the judgment seat of The Messiah, that each man will be paid in his body anything that was done by him, whether of good or of evil.
11Therefore, because we know the awesomeness of Our Lord, we persuade the children of men, but we are revealed to God, and I hope also that we are revealed to your understanding. 12We do not praise ourselves again before you, but we give you an occasion that you may boast of us in the presence of those who are boasting in appearance and not in the heart. 13For if we are insane, it is for God, and if we are conventional, it is for you. 14For the love of The Messiah compels us to reason this: The One died in the place of every person; so then every person died with him. 15And he died in the place of every person, that those who live would not live for themselves, but for The One who died for their persons and arose.
16Now therefore, we do not know a person by the body, and if we have known The Messiah in the body, from now on we do not even know him so. 17All that is in The Messiah is therefore The New Creation; the old order has passed away to such. 18And everything has become new from God -- he who reconciled us to himself in The Messiah, and he has given us the Ministry of the reconciliation. 19For God was in The Messiah- he who reconciled the universe with his Majesty, and he has not accounted their sins to them and has placed in us our own message of the reconciliation.
20We are Ambassadors therefore in the place of The Messiah, and as if he who is God requested of you by us; in the place of The Messiah, we beseech you therefore: "Be reconciled to God." 21For he who had not known sin made himself to become sin in your place, that we would become the righteousness of God in him.