2 Corinthians 6 (New American Standard)

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1 And 1working together with Him, 2we also urge you not to receive 3the grace of God in vain - 2 for He says, "4AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU." Behold, now is "THE ACCEPTABLE TIME," behold, now is "THE DAY OF SALVATION "- 3 5giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, 4 but in everything 6commending ourselves as a7servants of God, 8in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5 in 9beatings, in imprisonments, in 10tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in 11hunger, 6 in purity, in 12knowledge, in 13patience, in kindness, in the 14Holy Spirit, in 15genuine love, 7 in 16the word of truth, in 17the power of God ; by 18the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8 by glory and 19dishonor, by 20evil report and good report ; regarded as 21deceivers and yet 22true ; 9 as unknown byet well-known, as 23dying cyet behold, 24we live ; as dpunished eyet not put to death, 10 as 25sorrowful yet always 26rejoicing, as 27poor yet making many rich, as 28having nothing fyet possessing 29all things. 11 30Our mouth ghas spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our 31heart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained hby us, but 32you are restrained in your own iaffections. 13 Now in a like 33exchange -I speak as to 34children -open wide to us also. 14 35Do not be jbound together with 36unbelievers ; for what 37partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness ? 15 Or what 38harmony has Christ with kBelial, or lwhat has a 39believer in common with an 40unbeliever ? 16 Or 41what agreement has the temple of God with idols ? For we are 42the temple of 43the living God ; just as God said, "44I WILL 45DWELL IN THEM AND 46WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17 "47Therefore, 48COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN ; And I will welcome you. 18 "49And I will be a father to you, And you shall be 50sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.
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