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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 5:13


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 5:13

    For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for your cause.

    World English Bible

    For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sober mind, it is for you.

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 5:13

    For whether we be transported in mind, it is to God; or whether we be sober, it is for you.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For whether we are beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we are sober, it is for your cause.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    ειτε
    1535 CONJ γαρ 1063 CONJ εξεστημεν 1839 5627 V-2AAI-1P θεω 2316 N-DSM ειτε 1535 CONJ σωφρονουμεν 4993 5719 V-PAI-1P υμιν 5213 P-2DP

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    VERSE (13) -
    2Co 11:1,16,17; 12:6,11

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 5:13

    Porque si estamos locos, es para Dios; y si somos cuerdos, es para vosotros.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 5:13

    Verse 13. Beside ourselves] Probably he was reputed by some to be deranged.
    Festus thought so: Paul, thou art beside thyself; too much learning hath made thee mad. And his enemies at Corinth might insinuate not only that he was deranged, but attribute his derangement to a less worthy cause than intense study and deep learning.

    It is to God] If we do appear, in speaking of the glories of the eternal world, to be transported beyond ourselves, it is through the good hand of our God upon us, and we do it to promote his honour.

    Whether we be sober] Speak of Divine things in a more cool and dispassionate manner, it is that we may the better instruct and encourage you.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 13. For whether we be besides ourselves , etc..] As some took them to be, and as Festus thought the Apostle Paul was, because of the doctrines they preached, and the self-commendation they were obliged to enter into through the calumnies of their adversaries; in which they did not so much seek their own reputation, as the honour and glory of God, which was struck at through them: it is to God ; it is for his glory, and not our own, that we act this part, for which we are condemned as madmen. Or whether we be sober ; think and speak meanly of ourselves, and behave with all modesty and lowliness of mind: it is for your cause; for your instruction and imitation. The glory of God, and the good of his churches, were what concerned them in every part of life. Some refer this to the apostle's being, or not being, in an ecstasy or rapture. Others to his speaking, either of the more sublime doctrines of the Gospel, on account of which he was reckoned mad, though in the delivering of them he had nothing else but the glory of God in view; or of the lower and easier truths of it, which were more accommodated to meaner capacities; in doing which he sought their edification and advantage.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 9-15 - The
    apostle quickens himself and others to acts of duty. Well-grounde hopes of heaven will not encourage sloth and sinful security. Let all consider the judgment to come, which is called, The terror of the Lord Knowing what terrible vengeance the Lord would execute upon the worker of iniquity, the apostle and his brethren used every argument an persuasion, to lead men to believe in the Lord Jesus, and to act as his disciples. Their zeal and diligence were for the glory of God and the good of the church. Christ's love to us will have a like effect upo us, if duly considered and rightly judged. All were lost and undone dead and ruined, slaves to sin, having no power to deliver themselves and must have remained thus miserable for ever, if Christ had not died We should not make ourselves, but Christ, the end of our living an actions. A Christian's life should be devoted to Christ. Alas, how man show the worthlessness of their professed faith and love, by living to themselves and to the world!


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ειτε
    1535 CONJ γαρ 1063 CONJ εξεστημεν 1839 5627 V-2AAI-1P θεω 2316 N-DSM ειτε 1535 CONJ σωφρονουμεν 4993 5719 V-PAI-1P υμιν 5213 P-2DP

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    13. We are beside ourselves (exesthmen). See on
    Luke xxiv. 22; Acts ii. 7; and on the kindred ekstasiv astonishment, Mark v. 42. Some such charge appears to have been made, as at Acts xxvi. 24.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    5:13 {Whether we are beside ourselves} (eite exestemen). Second aorist
    active indicative of existemi, old verb, here to stand out of oneself (intransitive) from ekstasis, ecstasy, comes as in #Mr 5:42. It is literary plural, for Paul is referring only to himself. See on 1:6 for eite--eite. It is a condition of the first class and Paul assumes as true the charge that he was crazy (if I was crazy) for the sake of argument. Festus made it later (#Ac 26:24). He spoke with tongues (#1Co 14:18) and had visions (#2Co 12:1-6) which probably the Judaizers used against him. A like charge was made against Jesus (#Mr 3:21). People often accuse those whom they dislike with being a bit off.


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