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1God has shown us such mercy that we do not lose courage as we do the work he has given us. 2Indeed, we refuse to make use of shameful underhanded methods, employing deception or distorting God’s message. On the contrary, by making very clear what the truth is, we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3So if indeed our Good News is veiled, it is veiled only to those in the process of being lost. 4They do not come to trust because the god of the ‘olam hazeh has blinded their minds, in order to prevent them from seeing the light shining from the Good News about the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God. 5For what we are proclaiming is not ourselves, but the Messiah Yeshua as Lord, with ourselves as slaves for you because of Yeshua. 6For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.
7But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it will be evident that such overwhelming power comes from God and not from us. 8We have all kinds of troubles, but we are not crushed; we are perplexed, yet not in despair; 9persecuted, yet not abandoned; knocked down, yet not destroyed. 10We always carry in our bodies the dying of Yeshua, so that the life of Yeshua may be manifested in our bodies too. 11For we who are alive are always being handed over to death for Yeshua’s sake, so that Yeshua’s life also might be manifested in our mortal bodies. 12Thus death is at work in us but life in you.
13The Tanakh says, “I trusted, therefore I spoke.” Since we have that same Spirit who enables us to trust, we also trust and therefore speak; 14because we know that he who raised the Lord Yeshua will also raise us with Yeshua and bring us along with you into his presence. 15All this is for your sakes, so that as grace flows out to more and more people, it may cause thanksgiving to overflow and bring glory to God.
16This is why we do not lose courage. Though our outer self is heading for decay, our inner self is being renewed daily. 17For our light and transient troubles are achieving for us an everlasting glory whose weight is beyond description. 18We concentrate not on what is seen but on what is not seen, since things seen are temporary, but things not seen are eternal.