2 Corinthians 6:2-12 NIV

2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."a1 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,2 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, imprisonments3 and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;4

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6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit5 and in sincere love;6

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7 in truthful speech7 and in the power of God;8 with weapons of righteousness9 in the right hand and in the left;

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8 through glory and dishonor,10 bad report11 and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;12

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9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,13 and yet we live on;14 beaten, and yet not killed;

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10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;15 poor, yet making many rich;16 having nothing,17 and yet possessing everything.18

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11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.19

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12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.