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2 Corinthians 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Treasure in Fragile Clay Jars
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:1 - Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way,[fn] we never give up.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:2 - We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:3 - If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:4 - Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:5 - You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:6 - For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:7 - We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[fn] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:8 - We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:9 - We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:10 - Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:11 - Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:12 - So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:13 - But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:14 - We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,[fn] will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:15 - All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:16 - That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[fn] being renewed every day.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:17 - For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 4:18 - So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
NLT Footnotes
Or ministry.
Greek We now have this treasure in clay jars.
Ps 116:10.
Some manuscripts read who raised Jesus.
Greek our inner being is.

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