Now is the day of salvation—God’s ministers must walk uprightly and bear all things—Saints should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
1 We then, as aworkers together with bhim, beseech you also that ye receive not the cgrace of God in vain.
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a atime accepted, and in the bday of csalvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
3 Giving no aoffence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the aministers of God, in much bpatience, in cafflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in atumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;
6 By apureness, by knowledge, by blongsuffering, by ckindness, by the Holy Ghost, by dlove unfeigned,
7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the aarmour of brighteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;
10 As asorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as bpoor, yet making many crich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is aenlarged.
12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own abowels.
13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
14 Be ye not unequally ayoked together with unbelievers: for what bfellowship hath righteousness with cunrighteousness? and what communion hath dlight with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what aagreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the btemple of the living God; as God hath said, I will cdwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore acome out from among them, and be ye bseparate, saith the Lord, and touch not the cunclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a aFather unto you, and ye shall be my bsons and daughters, saith the Lord cAlmighty.