1Therefore, having this service, even as we received compassion, we do not lose heart,
2but have renounced the secret ways of shame, not walking in craftiness nor falsifying the Word of Elohim, but by the manifestation of the truth recommending ourselves to every human conscience, in the sight of Elohim.
3And indeed, if our Good News has been veiled, it has been veiled in those who are perishing,
4in whom the mighty one of this age#See Lk. 4:6. has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the enlightening of the Good News of the esteem of Messiah, who is the likeness of Elohim, does not shine on them.
5For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Messiah יהושע the Master, and ourselves your servants for the sake of יהושע.
6For Elohim, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts for the enlightening of the knowledge of the esteem of Elohim in the face of יהושע Messiah.
7And we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the excellence of the power might be of Elohim, and not of us –
8being hard pressed on every side,#See 1:8. but not crushed; being perplexed, but not in despair;
9being persecuted, but not forsaken; being thrown down, but not destroyed;
10always bearing about in the body the dying of the Master יהושע, that the life of יהושע might also be manifested in our body.
11For we, the living, are always delivered to death for the sake of יהושע, that the life of יהושע might also be manifested in our mortal flesh,
12so that death indeed is working in us, but the life in you.
13But having the same spirit of belief, according to what has been written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,
14knowing that He who raised up the Master יהושע shall also raise us up through יהושע, and shall present us with you.
15For all this is for your sake, so that favour, having spread through the many, would cause thanksgiving to overflow, unto the esteem of Elohim.
16Therefore we do not lose heart, but even if our outward man is perishing, the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17For this slight momentary pressure, is working for us a far more exceeding and everlasting weight of esteem.
18We are not looking on what is seen, but on what is not seen. For what is seen passes away, but what is not seen is everlasting.#See 5:7, and Rom. 8:24, Heb. 11:1 & 13.
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