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For we know that if our earthly tabernacle house be destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
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For indeed in this we groan, ardently desiring to have put on our house which [is] from heaven;
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if indeed being also clothed we shall not be found naked.
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For indeed we who are in the tabernacle groan, being burdened;
while yet we do not wish to be unclothed, but clothed, that [what is] mortal may be swallowed up by life.
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Now he that has wrought us for this very thing [is] God, who also has given to us the earnest of the Spirit.
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Therefore [we are] always confident, and know that while present in the body we are absent from the Lord,
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(for we walk by faith, not by sight;)
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we are confident, I say, and pleased rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.
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Wherefore also we are zealous, whether present or absent, to be agreeable to him.
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For we must all be manifested before the judgment-seat of the Christ, that each may receive the things [done] in the body, according to those he has done, whether [it be] good or evil.
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Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord we persuade men, but have been manifested to God, and I hope also that we have been manifested in your consciences.
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[For] we do not again commend ourselves to you, but [we are] giving to you occasion of boast in our behalf, that ye may have [such] with those boasting in countenance, and not in heart.
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For whether we are beside ourselves, [it is] to God;
or are sober, [it is] for you.
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For the love of the Christ constrains us, having judged this: that one died for all, then all have died;
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and he died for all, that they who live should no longer live to themselves, but to him who died for them and has been raised.
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So that *we* henceforth know no one according to flesh;
but if even we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we know [him thus] no longer.
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So if any one [be] in Christ, [there is] a new creation;
the old things have passed away;
behold all things have become new:
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and all things [are] of the God who has reconciled us to himself by [Jesus] Christ, and given to us the ministry of that reconciliation:
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how that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning to them their offences;
and putting in us the word of that reconciliation.
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We are ambassadors therefore for Christ, God as [it were] beseeching by us, we entreat for Christ, Be reconciled to God.
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Him who knew not sin he has made sin for us, that *we* might become God's righteousness in him.