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II Corinthians 4

1 Because of this, having this service, just as we have received mercy, we despair not, 2 but we have renounced the secret [things] of disgrace, not walking [about] in cunning, nor adulterating the word of God, but in the manifestation of the truth having commended ourselves to every conscience of men before God. 3 But if our good-news is hidden, it is hidden from those perishing, 4 in whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of the non-believing, lest the illumination of the good-news of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, shine forth. 5 For we proclaim not ourselves, but Christ Jesus [the] Lord, and ourselves your slaves through Jesus. 6 For God [is] the [one] having said: From darkness will light shine, who has shone into our hearts to [give] the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God before the face of Christ. 7 So we have this treasure in clay vessels, in order that the excellence of the power be of God, and not from us, 8 in everything being afflicted, but not being hard-pressed, being perplexed but not being utterly perplexed, 9 being persecuted, but not being forsaken, being struck down but not perishing, 10 always carrying [about] the death of Jesus in [our] bodies, in order that the zoe-life1 of Jesus be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we the zoe-living1 are always being delivered up to death on Jesus account, in order that the zoe-life1 of Jesus be manifested in our death-like flesh. 12 So death works in us, but zoe-life1 in you. 13 So having the same spirit of faith, according to the [thing] written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, we also speak, 14 knowing that the [one] having raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and will present [us] with you. 15 For everything is on account [of you], in order that the increasing grace abound, on account of the thanksgiving of many, to the glory of God. 16 Therefore we do not despair, but if our outer man is ruined, yet our inward [man] is renewed day by day. 17 For the immediate slight [thing] of affliction, beyond all measure works to us an eternal weight of glory, 18 we not noticing the [things] seen, but the [things] not seen. For the [things] seen [are] temporary, but the [things] not seen [are] eternal.

1from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.