2 Corinthians 5:13
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New International Version
If we are "out of our mind," as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

New Living Translation
If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.

English Standard Version
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.

Berean Study Bible
If we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

Berean Literal Bible
For if we are beside ourselves, it is to God; or if we are sober-minded it is for you.

New American Standard Bible
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we have a sound mind, it is for you.

International Standard Version
So if we were crazy, it was for God; if we are sane, it is for you.

NET Bible
For if we are out of our minds, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

New Heart English Bible
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God. Or if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if we are insane, it is for God, and if we are conventional, it is for you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So if we were crazy, it was for God. If we are sane, it is for you.

New American Standard 1977
For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For whether we are fools, it is unto God; or whether we are sane, it is for your cause.

King James 2000 Bible
For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be in our right mind, it is for your cause.

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

American Standard Version
For whether we are beside ourselves, it is unto God; or whether we are of sober mind, it is unto you.

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

Darby Bible Translation
For whether we are beside ourselves, [it is] to God; or are sober, [it is] for you.

English Revised Version
For whether we are beside ourselves, it is unto God; or whether we are of sober mind, it is unto 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.

Weymouth New Testament
For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God's glory; or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be of service to you.

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

Young's Literal Translation
for whether we were beside ourselves, it was to God; whether we be of sound mind -- it is to you,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:9-15 The apostle quickens himself and others to acts of duty. Well-grounded 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 workers of iniquity, the apostle and his brethren used every argument and 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 upon 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 and actions. A Christian's life should be devoted to Christ. Alas, how many show the worthlessness of their professed faith and love, by living to themselves and to the world!
Study Bible
Ambassadors for Christ
12We are not commending ourselves to you again. Instead, we are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you can answer those who take pride in appearances rather than in the heart. 13If we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, therefore all died.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 29:26
"The LORD has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to be the overseer in the house of the LORD over every madman who prophesies, to put him in the stocks and in the iron collar,

Mark 3:21
When His family heard about this, they went out to take custody of Him, saying, "He is out of His mind."

2 Corinthians 11:1
I hope you will bear with a little of my foolishness, but you are already doing that.

2 Corinthians 11:16
I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.

2 Corinthians 12:6
Even if I wanted to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me,

2 Corinthians 12:11
I have become a fool, but you drove me to it. In fact, you should have commended me, since I am in no way inferior to those "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.
Treasury of Scripture

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

we be beside.

2 Corinthians 11:1,16,17 Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed …

2 Corinthians 12:6,11 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I …

See on

Acts 26:24,25 And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, …

1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

1 Thessalonians 2:3-11 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile…

it is to.

2 Samuel 6:21,22 And David said to Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me …

sober.

Acts 26:25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the …

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to every man that is among …

for.

2 Corinthians 7:12 Why, though I wrote to you, I did it not for his cause that had done …

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

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