We Plead on Christ’s Behalf: Be Reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20)

Virtually all English translations render 2 Corinthians 5:20 by supplying a direct object for the main verb in the first part of the sentence, rendering the verse something like this: “We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (NASB).” This suggests that Paul is exhorting his immediate audience, the Corinthians, to be reconciled to God. Such a translation appears to be problematic however. This article investigates whether the verse’s usual English rendering is accurate or whether it should be corrected.