by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,
through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report; as deceivers yet true;
as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look-we live; as being chastened yet not killed;
as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing yet possessing everything.
We have spoken openlya to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide.
You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections.
Now in like response-I speak as to children-you also should be open to us.
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?
What agreement does Christ have with Belial?b Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
And what agreement does God's sanctuary have with idols? For wec are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said: I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people. d