2 Corinthians 6 – New International Version (NIV)
- As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
- For he says,
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, 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, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;
- in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love;
- in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left;
- through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
- known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed;
- sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
- We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.
- We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.
- As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
Warning Against Idolatry
- Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
- What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[b]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
- 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.”[c]
“Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”[d]
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and aughters, says the Lord Almighty.”[e]
2 Corinthians 6 – King James Version (KJV)
- We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
- (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
- Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
- But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
- In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
- By pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
- By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
- By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
- As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
- As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
- O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
- Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.
- Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
- Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
- And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
- And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
- Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
- And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.