- Ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ οὖν πρεσβεύομεν
ὡς τοῦ θεοῦ παρακαλοῦντος διʼ ἡμῶν·
δεόμεθα ὑπὲρ Χριστοῦ,
καταλλάγητε τῷ θεῷ.
- We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,
as though God were making his appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ’s behalf:
Be reconciled to God.
- We [all] are therefore ambassadors of Christ,
as God urges through us.
We [you and I together] plead on behalf of Christ [to the world],
"Be reconciled to God."
I'm not trying to champion a new understanding of 2 Cor 5:20. The way I have translated it above is simply the way I understood it as I read the Greek. But I see that every translation* supplies "you" as an object of "We plead." That understanding jars a bit, doesn't it? The sudden command doesn't seem to fit the flow of thought. But, I guess St. Paul does that.
So, what am I missing in the Greek that requires the NET NIV GW NASB and about 30 other translations to supply "we beg YOU" ?[/size]
* I found one (out of about 30) exception: "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." Weymouth New Testament (?)