Bible, Ethician Version
 Grace be to
you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Blessed be the God of all comfort;
 But have
renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor
handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth
commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
 As sorrowful,
yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet
possessing all things.
 Receive us;
we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
 How that in a
great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty
abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
 For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.
 For I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened:
 But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may be a supply for their want, that their abundance also may be a supply for your want: that there may be equality:
 But this I
say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth
bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
 For such are
false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of
 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
 Now I pray to
God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should
do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.