2 Corinthians 5
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1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is dismantled, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.1For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,2For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven,
3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.3inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked.
4So while we are in this tent, we groan under our burdens, because we do not wish to be unclothed but clothed, so that our mortality may be swallowed up by life.4For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.
5And God has prepared us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a pledge of what is to come.5Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.
6Therefore we are always confident, although we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord.6Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord--
7For we walk by faith, not by sight.7for we walk by faith, not by sight--
8We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.8we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
9So we aspire to please Him, whether we are here in this body or away from it.9Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive his due for the things done in the body, whether good or bad.10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11Therefore, since we know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is clear to God, and I hope it is clear to your conscience as well.11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.
12We are not commending ourselves to you again. Instead, we are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you can answer those who take pride in appearances rather than in the heart.12We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart.
13If we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
14For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, therefore all died.14For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
15And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16So from now on we regard no one according to the flesh. Although we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
18All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
19that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s trespasses against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God.20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
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