1 We then, as a workers together with Him also b plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For He says:
c "In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you." 1
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 d We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves e as ministers of God: in much 2 patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 f in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; 6 by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by 3 sincere love, 7 g by the word of truth, by h the power of God, by i the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and j yet well known; k as dying, and behold we live; l as chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many m rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O Corinthians! 4 We have spoken openly to you, n our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but o you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same p (I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 q Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For r what 5 fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what 6 communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For s you 7 are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
t "I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people." 8 17 Therefore
u "Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you." 9 18 "I v will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My w sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty." 10