Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

We are therefore, ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were calling through us. We plead on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.

New American Standard Bible

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

King James Version

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Holman Bible

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”

International Standard Version

Therefore, we are the Messiah's representatives, as though God were pleading through us. We plead on the Messiah's behalf: "Be reconciled to God!"

American Standard Version

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.

Amplified

So we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us; we [as Christ’s representatives] plead with you on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.

An Understandable Version

So, we [apostles] are ambassadors, [speaking] on behalf of Christ. [It is] as though God were appealing [to people] through us: "We urge you people, on behalf of Christ, to be restored to fellowship with God."

Anderson New Testament

Therefore, we act as ambassadors for Christ, as though God entreated through us; we beseech in Christ's stead, be reconciled to God:

Bible in Basic English

So we are the representatives of Christ, as if God was making a request to you through us: we make our request to you, in the name of Christ, be at peace with God.

Common New Testament

We are therefore ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his appeal through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Daniel Mace New Testament

we then are ambassadors for Christ, and 'tis God who makes you the offers by us: we pray you in the name of Christ, to make your peace with God.

Darby Translation

We are ambassadors therefore for Christ, God as it were beseeching by us, we entreat for Christ, Be reconciled to God.

Godbey New Testament

Therefore we are embassadors in behalf of Christ, as God is intreating you through us; we pray you in behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.

Goodspeed New Testament

It is for Christ, therefore, that I am an envoy, seeing that God makes his appeal through me. On Christ's behalf I beg you to be reconciled to God.

John Wesley New Testament

Therefore we are embassadors for Christ, as though God were intreating by us: we beseech you, in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Julia Smith Translation

For Christ therefore are we ambassadors, as of God beseeching by us: we pray for the sake of Christ, be ye reconciled to God.

King James 2000

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Therefore we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as [if] God were imploring [you] through us. We beg [you] on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Modern King James verseion

Then we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as God exhorting through us, we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Now then are we messengers in the room of Christ: even as though God did beseech you through us. So pray we you, in Christ's stead, that ye be at one with God:

Moffatt New Testament

So I am an envoy for Christ, God appealing by me, as it were ??be reconciled to God, I entreat you on behalf of Christ.

Montgomery New Testament

On Christ's behalf, then, I come as ambassador. It is as though God was entreating you, through me, on Christ's behalf I beg you to be reconciled to God.

NET Bible

Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His plea through us. We plead with you on Christ's behalf, "Be reconciled to God!"

New Heart English Bible

We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Noyes New Testament

We then are ambassadors for Christ; as though God were exhorting you by us, in behalf of Christ we entreat you, Be reconciled to God.

Sawyer New Testament

We are embassadors therefore for Christ, as though God besought you by us; we pray you, for Christ, be reconciled to God.

The Emphasized Bible

In behalf of Christ, therefore, are we ambassadors, - as if God were beseeching through us: we entreat, in behalf of Christ, - be reconciled unto God!

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God exhorted you by us; we entreat you for Christ's sake, be ye reconciled to God.

Twentieth Century New Testament

It is, then, on Christ's behalf that we are acting as ambassadors, God, as it were, appealing to you through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf--Be reconciled to God.

Webster

Now then we are embassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Weymouth New Testament

On Christ's behalf therefore we come as ambassadors, God, as it were, making entreaty through our lips: we, on Christ's behalf, beseech men to be reconciled to God.

Williams New Testament

So I am an envoy to represent Christ, because it is through me that God is making His appeal. As one representing Christ I beg you, be reconciled to God.

World English Bible

We are therefore ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating by us: we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Worrell New Testament

On behalf of Christ, therefore, we are ambassadors, as though God were beseeching through us, we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God

Worsley New Testament

We are therefore ambassadors for Christ, and as God exhorteth you by us, we intreat you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Youngs Literal Translation

in behalf of Christ, then, we are ambassadors, as if God were calling through us, we beseech, in behalf of Christ, 'Be ye reconciled to God;'

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
οὖν 
Oun 
therefore, then, so, and, now, wherefore, but, not tr,
Usage: 417

πρεσβεύω 
Presbeuo 
Usage: 2

for
ὑπέρ 
Huper 
Usage: 138

Χριστός 
christos 
Usage: 557

as though
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

God
θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

παρακαλέω 
Parakaleo 
Usage: 102

you by
διά 
Dia 
by, through, with, for, for ... sake, therefore , for this cause , because,
Usage: 527

us
ἡμῶν 
hemon 
our, us, we, not tr,
Usage: 388

we pray
δέομαι 
Deomai 
Usage: 18

you in
ὑπέρ 
Huper 
Usage: 138

Χριστός 
christos 
Usage: 557

be ye reconciled
καταλλάσσω 
Katallasso 
Usage: 6

Devotionals

Devotionals about 2 Corinthians 5:20

Images 2 Corinthians 5:20

Context Readings

Controlled By The Love Of Christ

19 How that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing to them their trespasses, and having committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore, ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were calling through us. We plead on behalf of Christ, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For the man who knew no sin was made sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him.



Cross References

2 Corinthians 6:1

And working jointly, we urge you also not to receive the grace of God in vain

Ephesians 6:20

for which I am an ambassador in bondage, so that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Malachi 2:7

For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth. For he is the messenger of LORD of hosts.

Job 22:21

Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace. By this good shall come to thee.

Proverbs 1:22-33

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?

Isaiah 55:6-7

Seek ye LORD while he may be found. Call ye upon him while he is near.

2 Kings 17:13

Yet LORD testified to Israel, and to Judah, by every prophet, and every seer, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent

2 Chronicles 36:15

And LORD, the God of their fathers, sent to them by his messengers, rising up early and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling-place.

Jeremiah 13:16-17

Give glory to LORD your God, before he causes darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains. And, while ye look for light, he turns it into the shadow of death, and makes it gross darkness.

Jeremiah 38:20

But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of LORD, in that which I speak to thee, so it shall be well with thee, and thy soul shall live.

Jeremiah 44:4

However I sent all my servants the prophets to you, rising up early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not do this abominable thing that I hate.

Ezekiel 18:31-32

Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which ye have transgressed, and make you a new heart and a new spirit. For why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Luke 10:16

He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.

Luke 14:23

And the lord said to the bondman, Go out into the roads and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

John 20:21

Jesus therefore said to them again, Peace to you. As the Father has sent me, I also send you.

Acts 26:17-18

delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom I send thee,

1 Corinthians 4:4-5

for I know nothing on myself. Yet I have not been made righteous in this, but he who appraises me is Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:6

who also made us qualified helpers of a new covenant, not of a document, but of a spirit, for the document kills but the spirit makes alive.

2 Corinthians 5:11

Having seen therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. But we have been manifested to God, and I hope also to have been manifested in your consciences.

1 Thessalonians 4:8

Therefore he who disregards, disregards not man, but God, who also gave his Holy Spirit to you.

Nehemiah 9:29

and testified against them, that thou might bring them again to thy law. Yet they dealt proudly, and did not hearken to thy commandments, but sinned against thine ordinances (which if a man does, he shall live in them), and withdre

Job 33:6

Behold, I am toward God even as thou are. I also am formed out of the clay.

Job 33:23

If there be with him a [heavenly] agent, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man what is right for him,

Proverbs 13:17

A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador is health.

Isaiah 27:5

Or else let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me. [Yea], let him make peace with me.

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