2 Corinthians 6:1-11 NIV

1 As God's fellow workers1 we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.2

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2 For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you."a3 I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

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Paul's Hardships

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone's path,4 so that our ministry will not be discredited.

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4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 in beatings, imprisonments5 and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;6

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6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit7 and in sincere love;8

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7 in truthful speech9 and in the power of God;10 with weapons of righteousness11 in the right hand and in the left;

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8 through glory and dishonor,12 bad report13 and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;14

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9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,15 and yet we live on;16 beaten, and yet not killed;

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10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;17 poor, yet making many rich;18 having nothing,19 and yet possessing everything.20

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11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.21

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