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2 Corinthians 6 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We are workers together with God, so we beg you: Do not let the grace that you received from God be for nothing. 1 As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.
2 God says, "At the right time I heard your prayers. On the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you that the "right time" is now, and the "day of salvation" is now. 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 We do not want anyone to find fault with our work, so nothing we do will be a problem for anyone. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
4 But in every way we show we are servants of God: in accepting many hard things, in troubles, in difficulties, and in great problems. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 We are beaten and thrown into prison. We meet those who become upset with us and start riots. We work hard, and sometimes we get no sleep or food. 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
6 We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love, 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
7 by speaking the truth, and by God's power. We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything. 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
8 Some people honor us, but others blame us. Some people say evil things about us, but others say good things. Some people say we are liars, but we speak the truth. 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9 We are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but we continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
10 We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything. 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken freely to you in Corinth and have opened our hearts to you. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.
12 Our feelings of love for you have not stopped, but you have stopped your feelings of love for us. 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
13 I speak to you as if you were my children. Do to us as we have done -- open your hearts to us. 13 As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also.
14 You are not the same as those who do not believe. So do not join yourselves to them. Good and bad do not belong together. Light and darkness cannot share together. 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 How can Christ and Belial, the devil, have any agreement? What can a believer have together with a nonbeliever? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16 The temple of God cannot have any agreement with idols, and we are the temple of the living God. As God said: "I will live with them and walk with them. And I will be their God, and they will 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 "Leave those people, and be separate, says the Lord. Touch nothing that is unclean, and I will accept you." 17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
18 "I will be your father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."