1: For we know that if the earthly house of our tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal, in the heavens. 2: For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven: 3: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4: For indeed we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but that we would be clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up of life. 5: Now he that wrought us for this very thing is God, who gave unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6: Being therefore always of good courage, and knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord 7: (for we walk by faith, not by sight); 8: we are of good courage, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord. 9: Wherefore also we make it our aim, whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing unto him. 10: For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things [done] in the body, according to what he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad. 11: Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest unto God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 12: We are not again commending ourselves unto you, but [speak] as giving you occasion of glorying on our behalf, that ye may have wherewith to answer them that glory in appearance, and not in heart. 13: For whether we are beside ourselves, it is unto God; or whether we are of sober mind, it is unto you. 14: For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15: and he died for all, that they that live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again. 16: Wherefore we henceforth know no man after the flesh: even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know [him so] no more. 17: Wherefore if any man is in Christ, [he is] a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new. 18: But all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; 19: to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not reckoning unto them their trespasses, and having committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20: We are ambassadors therefore on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beseech [you] on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God. 21: Him who knew no sin he made [to be] sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.