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2 Corinthians 6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain— for He says,

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”— giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as [a]servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown [b]yet well-known, as dying [c]yet behold, we live; as [d]punished [e]yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing [f]yet possessing all things.

11 Our mouth [g]has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained [h]by us, but you are restrained in your own [i]affections. 13 Now in a like exchange—I speak as to children—open wide to us also.

14 Do not be [j]bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with [k]Belial, or [l]what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,

I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
17 Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.
And do not touch what is unclean;
And I will welcome you.
18 And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:4 Or ministers
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:9 Lit and
  3. 2 Corinthians 6:9 Lit and
  4. 2 Corinthians 6:9 Or disciplined
  5. 2 Corinthians 6:9 Lit and
  6. 2 Corinthians 6:10 Lit and
  7. 2 Corinthians 6:11 Lit is open to you
  8. 2 Corinthians 6:12 Or in us
  9. 2 Corinthians 6:12 Lit inward parts
  10. 2 Corinthians 6:14 Lit unequally yoked
  11. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Gr Beliar
  12. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Lit what part has a believer with an unbeliever
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2 Corinthians 6 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

We work together with God, and we beg you to make good use of God’s kindness to you. In the Scriptures God says,

“When the time came,
    I listened to you,
and when you needed help,
    I came to save you.”

That time has come. This is the day for you to be saved.

We don’t want anyone to find fault with our work, and so we try hard not to cause problems. But in everything and in every way we show that we truly are God’s servants. We have always been patient, though we have had a lot of trouble, suffering, and hard times. We have been beaten, put in jail, and hurt in riots. We have worked hard and have gone without sleep or food. But we have kept ourselves pure and have been understanding, patient, and kind. The Holy Spirit has been with us, and our love has been real. We have spoken the truth, and God’s power has worked in us. In all our struggles we have said and done only what is right.

Whether we were honored or dishonored or praised or cursed, we always told the truth about ourselves. But some people said we did not. We are unknown to others, but well known to you. We seem to be dying, and yet we are still alive. We have been punished, but never killed, 10 and we are always happy, even in times of suffering. Although we are poor, we have made many people rich. And though we own nothing, everything is ours.

11 Friends in Corinth, we are telling the truth when we say that there is room in our hearts for you. 12 We are not holding back on our love for you, but you are holding back on your love for us. 13 I speak to you as I would speak to my own children. Please make room in your hearts for us.

The Temple of the Living God

14 Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same? 15 Is Christ a friend of Satan?[a] Can people who follow the Lord have anything in common with those who don’t? 16 Do idols belong in the temple of God? We are the temple of the living God, as God himself says,

“I will live with these people
    and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be
    my people.”

17 The Lord also says,

“Leave them and stay away!
Don’t touch anything
    that isn’t clean.
Then I will welcome you
18     and be your Father.
You will be my sons
    and my daughters,
as surely as I am God,
    the All-Powerful.”

Footnotes:

  1. 6.15 Satan: The Greek text has “Beliar,” which is another form of the Hebrew word “Belial,” meaning “wicked” or “useless.” The Jewish people sometimes used this as a name for Satan.

2 Corinthians 6 New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

We work together with God. So we are asking you not to receive God’s grace and then do nothing with it. He says,

“When I had mercy on you, I heard you.
    On the day I saved you, I helped you.” (Isaiah 49:8)

I tell you, now is the time God has mercy. Now is the day he saves.

Paul’s Sufferings

We don’t put anything in anyone’s way. So no one can find fault with our work for God. Instead, we make it clear that we serve God in every way. We serve him by standing firm in troubles, hard times and suffering. We don’t give up when we are beaten or put in prison. When people stir up trouble in the streets, we continue to serve God. We work hard for him. We go without sleep and food. We remain pure. We understand completely what it means to serve God. We are patient and kind. We serve him in the power of the Holy Spirit. We serve him with true love. We speak the truth. We serve in the power of God. We hold the weapons of godliness in the right hand and in the left. We serve God in times of glory and shame. We serve him whether the news about us is bad or good. We are true to our calling. But people treat us as if we were pretenders. We are known, but people treat us as if we were unknown. We are dying, but we continue to live. We are beaten, but we are not killed. 10 We are sad, but we are always full of joy. We are poor, but we make many people rich. We have nothing, but we own everything.

11 Believers at Corinth, we have spoken freely to you. We have opened our hearts wide to you. 12 We are not holding back our love from you. But you are holding back your love from us. 13 I speak to you as if you were my children. It is only fair that you open your hearts wide to us also.

Paul Warns Against Worshiping False Gods

14 Do not be joined to unbelievers. What do right and wrong have in common? Can light and darkness be friends? 15 How can Christ and Satan agree? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 How can the temple of the true God and the statues of other gods agree? We are the temple of the living God. God has said,

“I will live with them.
    I will walk among them.
I will be their God.
    And they will be my people.” (Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27)

17 So,

“Come out from among them
    and be separate,
    says the Lord.
Do not touch anything that is not pure and ‘clean.’
    Then I will receive you.” (Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34,41)

18 And,

“I will be your Father.
    You will be my sons and daughters,
    says the Lord who rules over all.” (2 Samuel 7:14; 7:8)

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

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