2 Corinthians 6 NIV

1 As God's fellow workers1 we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.2

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2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."a3 I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

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Paul's Hardships

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path,4 so that our ministry will not be discredited.

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4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 in beatings, imprisonments5 and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;6

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6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit7 and in sincere love;8

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7 in truthful speech9 and in the power of God;10 with weapons of righteousness11 in the right hand and in the left;

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8 through glory and dishonor,12 bad report13 and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;14

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9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,15 and yet we live on;16 beaten, and yet not killed;

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10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;17 poor, yet making many rich;18 having nothing,19 and yet possessing everything.20

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11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.21

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12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
13 As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children22--open wide your hearts23 also.

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Do Not Be Yoked With Unbelievers

14 Do not be yoked together24 with unbelievers.25 For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?26

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15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belialb ?27 What does a believer28 have in common with an unbeliever?29

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    • b 6:15 - Greek "Beliar", a variant of "Belial"
      16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?30 For we are the temple31 of the living God.32 As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."c33

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        • c 6:16 - Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38; Ezek. 37:27
          17 "Therefore come out from them34 and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."d35

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            • d 6:17 - Isaiah 52:11; Ezek. 20:34,41
              18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,36 says the Lord Almighty."e37

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