as unknown although we are well-known, as dying although, as you see, we go on living. We are punished, but we are not killed.
People think we are sad although we're always glad, that we're beggars although we make many people spiritually rich, that we have nothing although we possess everything.
We have been very open in speaking to you Corinthians. We have a place for you in our hearts.
We haven't cut you off. Your own emotions have cut you off [from us].
I'm talking to you as I would talk to children. Treat us the same way we've treated you. Make a place for us in your hearts too.
Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness?
Can Christ agree with the devil? Can a believer share life with an unbeliever?
Can God's temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of the living God. As God said, "I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people."
The Lord says, "Get away from unbelievers. Separate yourselves from them. Have nothing to do with anything unclean. Then I will welcome you."
The Lord Almighty says, "I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters."