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Commendable Ministers of God

And (A)working together with Him, (B)we also plead with you not to receive (C)the grace of God in vain— for He says,

(D)At the acceptable time I listened to you,
And on the day of salvation I helped you.”

Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”— (E)giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything (F)commending ourselves as (G)ministers of God, (H)in much perseverance, in afflictions, in distresses, in hardships, in (I)beatings, in imprisonments, in (J)disturbances, in labors, in sleeplessness, in (K)hunger, in purity, in (L)knowledge, in (M)patience, in kindness, in the (N)Holy Spirit, in (O)unhypocritical love, in (P)the word of truth, in (Q)the power of God; by (R)the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and (S)dishonor, by (T)evil report and good report; regarded as (U)deceivers and yet (V)true; as unknown and yet well-known, as (W)dying and yet behold, (X)we live; as [a]punished and yet not put to death, 10 as (Y)sorrowful but always (Z)rejoicing, as (AA)poor but making many rich, as (AB)having nothing and yet possessing (AC)all things.

11 (AD)Our mouth [b]has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our (AE)heart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained [c]by us, but (AF)you are restrained in your own [d]affections. 13 Now in a like (AG)exchange—I speak as to (AH)children—open wide to us also.

14 (AI)Do not be unequally yoked with (AJ)unbelievers; for what (AK)partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what (AL)harmony has Christ with [e]Belial, or [f]what has a (AM)believer in common with an (AN)unbeliever? 16 Or (AO)what agreement has a [g]sanctuary of God with idols? For we are (AP)a sanctuary of (AQ)the living God; just as God said,

(AR)I will (AS)dwell in them and (AT)walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
17 (AU)Therefore, (AV)come out from their midst and be separate,” says the [h]Lord.
And do not touch what is unclean,
And I will welcome you.
18 (AW)And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be (AX)sons and daughters to Me,”
says the [i]Lord Almighty.


  1. 2 Corinthians 6:9 Or disciplined
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:11 Lit is open to you
  3. 2 Corinthians 6:12 Or in us
  4. 2 Corinthians 6:12 Lit inward parts
  5. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Gr Beliar
  6. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Lit what part has a believer with an unbeliever
  7. 2 Corinthians 6:16 The innermost part of the temple
  8. 2 Corinthians 6:17 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Is 52:11
  9. 2 Corinthians 6:18 In OT, Yahweh, cf. 1 Chr 17:7; Hos 1:9