2 Cor. 5:13 KJV (With Strong’s)

gar (Greek #1063)
properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles)
KJV usage: and, as, because (that), but, even, for, indeed, no doubt, seeing, then, therefore, verily, what, why, yet.
Pronounce: gar
Origin: a primary particle
eite (Greek #1535)
if too
KJV usage: if, or, whether.
Pronounce: i'-teh
Origin: from 1487 and 5037
we be besidea ourselves
existemi (Greek #1839)
to put (stand) out of wits, i.e. astound, or (reflexively) become astounded, insane
KJV usage: amaze, be (make) astonished, be beside self (selves), bewitch, wonder.
Pronounce: ex-is'-tay-mee
Origin: from 1537 and 2476
, it is to God
theos (Greek #2316)
a deity, especially (with 3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very
KJV usage: X exceeding, God, god(-ly, -ward).
Pronounce: theh'-os
Origin: of uncertain affinity
: or whether
eite (Greek #1535)
if too
KJV usage: if, or, whether.
Pronounce: i'-teh
Origin: from 1487 and 5037
we be sober
sophroneo (Greek #4993)
to be of sound mind, i.e. sane, (figuratively) moderate
KJV usage: be in right mind, be sober (minded), soberly.
Pronounce: so-fron-eh'-o
Origin: from 4998
, it is for your cause
humin (Greek #5213)
to (with or by) you
KJV usage: ye, you, your(-selves).
Pronounce: hoo-min'
Origin: irregular dative case of 5210

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Ministry on This Verse

we be beside.
2 Cor. 11:1,16‑17• 1Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
16I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
17That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
(2 Cor. 11:1,16‑17)
2 Cor. 12:6,11• 6For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
11I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
(2 Cor. 12:6,11)
Acts 26:24‑25• 24And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
25But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
(Acts 26:24‑25)
1 Cor. 4:10‑13• 10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised.
11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;
12And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
(1 Cor. 4:10‑13)
1 Thess. 2:3‑11• 3For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
6Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9For ye remember, brethren, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
(1 Thess. 2:3‑11)
it is to.
 Cold is the heart that knows no rapture before God as one thinks of His grace in Christ. Such certainly was not the Apostle Paul's case, as we may see in many a doxology which interrupts a chain of closest reasoning...But the same Paul can come down to the most ordinary questions of daily walk, can regulate the relations of husband and wife, or of master and slave, can prescribe for a weakly man, and check a woman's taste for dress. (Notes on 2 Corinthians 5:12-15 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

For whether we are beside ourselves, it is to Godb; or are sober, it is for you.

JND Translation Notes

Or "for God"; that is, he was as a fool for God's glory. But the sense is, I think, "If he lost the blessed calculations of love which was his path towards men, it was to be out of himself with God, and for God." a blessed alternative. His ecstasy was not excitement or folly, but if out of himself it was with God; if sober, it was the calculation of love for their good.

W. Kelly Translation

For whether we were beside ourselves, [it is] to God; or are sober, [it is] for you1.

WK Translation Notes

were: The Five Clergymen, like others, argue for "have been beside ourselves," but while there is a propriety in the aorist as transient, our English idiom seems to require a present here, as in many other cases. The sobriety was continuous. [WK’s exposition gives "are"] (Notes on 2 Cor, p.102)