Corinthians, we have spoken openly to you, and our hearts are wide open.
There are no limits to the affection that we feel for you. You are the ones who placed boundaries on your affection for us.
But as a fair trade—I'm talking to you like you are children—open your hearts wide too.
Don't be tied up as equal partners with people who don't believe. What does righteousness share with that which is outside the Law? What relationship does light have with darkness?
What harmony does Christ have with Satan?a What does a believer have in common with someone who doesn't believe?
What agreement can there be between God's temple and idols? Because we are the temple of the living God. Just as God said, I live with them, and I will move among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.b17
Therefore, come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord. Don't touch what is unclean. Then I will welcome you.c18I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.d