6 As God’s co-workersx we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.y 2 For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”a z
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path,a so that our ministry will not be discredited. 4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; 5 in beatings, imprisonmentsb and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;c 6 in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spiritd and in sincere love;e 7 in truthful speechf and in the power of God;g with weapons of righteousnessh in the right hand and in the left; 8 through glory and dishonor,i bad reportj and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;k 9 known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,l and yet we live on;m beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;n poor, yet making many rich;o having nothing,p and yet possessing everything.q
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.r 12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my childrens—open wide your heartst also.
14 Do not be yoked togetheru with unbelievers.v For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?w 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belialb?x Or what does a believery have in common with an unbeliever?z 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?a For we are the templeb of the living God.c 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 d
“Come out from theme
and be separate,
says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
“I will be a Father to you,
and you will be my sons and daughters,g
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