1 And, working together with Him, we also entreat you that ye receive not the grace of God in vain 2 (for He saith, "At an acceptable time I heard Thee, and in a day of salvation did I succor Thee;" behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation);
3 giving no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our ministry be not blamed; 4 but in everything commending ourselves as God's ministers, in much patience, in tribulations, in necessities, in distresses, 5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in toilings, in watchings, in fastings; 6 in pureness, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; through the weapons of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 through glory and dishonor, through evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
11 Our mouth has been open to you, O Corinthians! our heart has been enlarged! 12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections. 13 Now, for a recompense in like kind (I am speaking as to my children), be ye also enlarged.
14 Become not unequally yoked with unbelievers; for what fellowship have righteousness and lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what concord of Christ is there with Belial? or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has a temple of God with idols? for we are a temple of the living God, as God said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people." 17 Wherefore, "Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate," saith the Lord, "and touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you; 18 and I will be to you a Father, and ye shall be My sons and daughters." saith the Lord Almighty.