2 Corinthians 6 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We work together with God. So we are asking you not to receive God's grace and then do nothing with it. 1 As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.
2 He says, "When I showed you my favor, I heard you. On the day I saved you, I helped you." #1(Isaiah 49:8)#2 I tell you, now is the time God shows his favor. Now is the day he saves. 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 don't put anything in anyone's way. So no one can find fault with our work for God. 3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
4 Instead, we make it clear that we serve God in every way. We serve him by holding steady. We stand firm in all kinds of trouble, hard times and suffering. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 We don't give up when we are beaten or put in prison. When people stir up trouble in the streets, we continue to serve God. We work hard for him. We go without sleep and food. 5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
6 We remain pure. We understand completely what it means to serve God. We are patient and kind. We serve him in the power of the Holy Spirit. We serve him with true love. 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
7 We speak the truth. We serve in the power of God. We hold the weapons of godliness in the right hand and in the left. 7 in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
8 We serve God in times of glory and shame. We serve him whether the news about us is bad or good. We are true to our calling. But people treat us as if we were pretenders. 8 through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
9 We are known, but people treat us as if we were unknown. We are dying, but we continue to live. We are beaten, but we are not killed. 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
10 We are sad, but we are always full of joy. We are poor, but we make many people rich. We have nothing, but we own everything. 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
11 Believers at Corinth, we have spoken freely to you. We have opened our hearts wide to you. 11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.
12 We are not holding back our love from you. But you are holding back your love from 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. It is only fair that you open your hearts wide to us also. 13 As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also.
14 Do not be joined to unbelievers. What do right and wrong have in common? Can light and darkness be friends? 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 Satan agree? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
16 How can the temple of the true God and the statues of other gods agree? We are the temple of the living God. God has said, "I will live with them. I will walk among them. I will be their God. And they will be my people."#1(Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27)#2 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 come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch anything that is not pure and clean. Then I will receive you." #1(Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34,41)#2 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. You will be my sons and daughters,says the Lord who rules over all." #1(2 Samuel 7:14; 7:8)#2 18 "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."