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14 Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between the Messiah and B’liya‘al? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God — as God said,

“I will house myself in them, . . .
and I will walk among you.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”[a]

17 Therefore Adonai says,

“‘Go out from their midst;
separate yourselves;
don’t even touch what is unclean.[b]
Then I myself will receive you.[c]
18 In fact, I will be your Father,
and you will be my sons and daughters.’

says Adonai-Tzva’ot.[d]

Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God.


  1. 2 Corinthians 6:16 Leviticus 26:12; Exodus 6:7; Jeremiah 31:32(33), 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27
  2. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Isaiah 52:11
  3. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Ezekiel 20:34, 41
  4. 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Samuel 7:14, Isaiah 43:6

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