2 Corinthians 6 (Lexham English Bible)

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Afflictions of God’s Servants

1 Now [because we]a are fellow workers, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, "At the acceptable time I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." Behold, now [is] the acceptable time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation! 3 [We are] giving no one an occasion for taking offense in anything, in order that our ministry will not have fault found [with it], 4 but commending ourselves as servants of God in every [way], in much endurance, in afflictions, in distresses, in difficulties, 5 in beatings, in prisons, in disturbances, in troubles, in sleepless nights, in going hungry, 6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love without hypocrisy, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God, with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and left hand, 8 through glory and dishonor, through slander and good repute, [regarded] as deceivers and [yet] truthful, 9 as unknown and [yet] known completely, as dying, and behold, we go on living, as disciplined, and [yet] not put to death, 10 as grieving, but always rejoicing, as poor, but making many rich, as having nothing, and possessing everything. 11 {We have spoken freely and openly}b to you, Corinthians; our heart is open wide. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your affections. 13 Now the same [way] [in] exchange (I am speaking as to children), you open wide [your hearts] also.

Do Not Become Unevenly Yoked with Unbelievers

14 Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers, for what participation [is there between] righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship [does] light [have] with darkness? 15 And what agreement [does] Christ [have] with Beliar? Or what share [does] a believer [have] with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement [does the] temple of God [have] with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, "I will live in them and will walk about [among them], and I will be their God and they will be my people." 17 Therefore "come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord, "and do not touch what is unclean,c and I will welcome you,d 18 and I will be a father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me,"e says the all-powerful Lord.
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