As God's co-workers1 we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain.22
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.
We put no stumbling block in anyone's path,4 so that our ministry will not be discredited.
Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
in beatings, imprisonments5 and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;66
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit7 and in sincere love;87
in truthful speech9 and in the power of God;10 with weapons of righteousness11 in the right hand and in the left;
through glory and dishonor,12 bad report13 and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;149
known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,15 and yet we live on;16 beaten, and yet not killed;
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;17 poor, yet making many rich;18 having nothing,19 and yet possessing everything.2011
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.2112
We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children22--open wide your hearts23 also.
Do not be yoked together24 with unbelievers.25 For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?2615
What harmony is there between Christ and Belialb ?27 Or what does a believer28 have in common with an unbeliever?2916
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?30 For we are the temple31 of the living God.32 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."c3317
Therefore, "Come out from them34 and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."d3518
And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,36 says the Lord Almighty."e37