2 Corinthians 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don't squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. 1 As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.
2 God reminds us, I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help. 2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.
3 Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
4 Our work as God's servants gets validated - or not - in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 when we're beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
6 with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
7 when we're telling the truth, and when God's showing his power; when we're doing our best setting things right; 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
8 when we're praised, and when we're blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9 ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
10 immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all. 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can't tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.
12 We didn't fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren't small, but you're living them in a small way. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
13 I'm speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! 13 As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also.
14 Don't become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That's not partnership; that's war. Is light best friends with dark? 14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
15 Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16 Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God's holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: "I'll live in them, move into them; I'll be their God and they'll be my people. 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
17 So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good," says God. "Don't link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. 17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
18 I'll be a Father to you; you'll be sons and daughters to me." 18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."