1 We as helpers therefore exhort you, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 For he saith, "I have heard thee in a time accepted: and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee." Behold, now is that well accepted time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.
3 Let us give no man occasion of evil, that in our office be found no fault: 4 but in all things let us behave ourselves as the ministers of God. In much patience, in afflictions, in necessity, in anguish, 5 in stripes, in prisonment, in strife, in labour, in watching, in fasting, 6 in pureness, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in the holy ghost, in love unfeigned, 7 in the words of truth, in the power of God, by the armour of righteousness of the right hand and on the left hand, 8 in honour and dishonour, in evil report and good report, as deceivers and yet true, 9 as unknown, and yet known, as dying - and behold we yet live - as chastened and not killed, 10 as sorrowing and yet always merry, as poor and yet make many rich, as having nothing and yet possessing all things.
11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you. Our heart is made large: 12 ye are in no strait in us, but are in a strait in your own hearts. 13 I promise you like reward with me, as to my children.
14 Set yourselves therefore at large, and bear not a stranger's yoke with the unbelievers. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? What company hath light with darkness? 15 What concord hath Christ with Belial? Either, what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 How agreeth the temple of God with images? And ye are the temple of the living God, as said God, "I will dwell among them, and walk among them, and will be their God: and they shall be my people." 17 Wherefore, "Come out from among them, and separate yourselves," saith the Lord, "and touch none unclean thing: so will I receive you, 18 and will be a father unto you, and ye shall be unto me sons and daughters," saith the Lord almighty.