Afflictions Of God's Servants

1 And being also co-laborers we exhort you not to receive the grace of God in vain,??2 for he says, In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation I helped you; behold, now is an acceptable time, behold, now is a day of salvation,??3 giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry may not be blamed,

1 And (A)working together with Him, (B)we also urge you not to receive (C)the grace of God in vain—

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

1 Working together(a) with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.”

1 Since, then, we are working with God, we plead with you not to accept God's grace in vain.

2 but in every thing commending ourselves as ministers of God, in great patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

2 for He says,(D)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”—

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 the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

2 For He says:I heard you in an acceptable time,and I helped you in the day of salvation.(A)(b)Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.(B)

2 For he says, "At the right time I heard you, and on a day of salvation I helped you." Listen, now is really the "right time"! Now is the "day of salvation"!

3 in stripes, in imprisonments, in dissensions, in labors, in watchings, in fastings,

3 (E)giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

3 We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.

3 We do not put an obstacle in anyone's way. Otherwise, fault may be found with our ministry.

4 in purity, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,

4 but in everything (F)commending ourselves as (a)(G)servants of God, (H)in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

4 But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:by great endurance, by afflictions,by hardship, by difficulties,

4 Instead, in every way we demonstrate that we are God's servants by tremendous endurance in the midst of difficulties, hardships, and calamities;

5 in the word of truth, in the power of God; with the arms of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

5 in (I)beatings, in imprisonments, in (J)tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in (K)hunger,

5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings;

5 by beatings, by imprisonments,(C)by riots, by labors,by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,

5 in beatings, imprisonments, and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights, and hunger;

6 with honor and dishonor, with evil report and good report; as deceivers and true,

6 in purity, in (L)knowledge, in (M)patience, in kindness, in the (N)Holy Spirit, in (O)genuine love,

6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

6 by purity,(D) by knowledge,(E)by patience,(F) by kindness,(G)by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,(H)

6 with purity, knowledge, patience, and kindness; with the Holy Spirit, genuine love,

7 as unknown and well-known, as dying and behold we live, as chastened and not killed,

7 in (P)the word of truth, in (Q)the power of God; by (R)the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,

7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

7 by the message of truth,(I)by the power of God;(J)through weapons of righteousnesson the right hand and the left,

7 truthful speech, and divine power; through the weapons of righteousness in the right and left hands;

8 as grieving but always rejoicing, as poor but making many rich, as having nothing and possessing all things.

8 by glory and (S)dishonor, by (T)evil report and good report; regarded as (U)deceivers and yet (V)true;

8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

8 through glory(K) and dishonor,through slander and good report;as deceivers yet true;

8 through honor and dishonor; through ill repute and good repute; perceived as deceivers and yet true,

9 Our mouth is opened to you, Corinthians, our heart is enlarged;

9 as unknown (b)yet well-known, as (W)dying (c)yet behold, (X)we live; as (d)punished (e)yet not put to death,

9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

9 as unknown yet recognized;as dying and look—we live;as being disciplined yet not killed;

9 as unknown and yet well-known, as dying and yet as you see very much alive, as punished and yet not killed,

10 you are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own souls;

10 as (Y)sorrowful yet always (Z)rejoicing, as (AA)poor yet making many rich, as (AB)having nothing (f)yet possessing (AC)all things.

10 As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

10 as grieving yet always rejoicing;(L)as poor yet enriching many;as having nothing yet possessing everything.

10 as sorrowful and yet always rejoicing, as poor and yet enriching many, as having nothing and yet possessing everything.

11 and now as a return of benefits, I speak as to children, do you also be enlarged.

11 (AD)Our mouth (g)has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our (AE)heart is opened wide.

11 O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.

11 We have spoken openly(c) to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide.

11 We have spoken frankly to you, Corinthians. Our hearts are wide open.

Do Not Become Unevenly Yoked With Unbelievers

12 Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers; for what participation has righteousness with wickedness? or what communion has light with darkness?

12 You are not restrained (h)by us, but (AF)you are restrained in your own (i)affections.

12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.

12 You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections.

12 We have not cut you off, but you have cut off your own feelings toward us.

13 and what agreement has Christ with Beliar, or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

13 Now in a like (AG)exchange—I speak as to (AH)children—open wide to us also.

13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

13 I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.

13 Do us a favor I ask you as my children and open wide your hearts.

14 and what agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God; as God said, I will dwell in them, and I will walk in them, and I will be to them a God and they shall be to me a people.

14 (AI)Do not be (j)bound together with (AJ)unbelievers; for what (AK)partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness?(M) Or what fellowship does light(N) have with darkness?(O)

14 Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? What fellowship can light have with darkness?

15 Go out therefore from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the impure; and I will receive you,

15 Or what (AL)harmony has Christ with (k)Belial, or (l)what has a (AM)believer in common with an (AN)unbeliever?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial?(d) Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?

15 What harmony exists between the Messiah and Beliar, or what do a believer and an unbeliever have in common?

16 and will be to you a father, and you shall be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

16 Or (AO)what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are (AP)the temple of (AQ)the living God; just as God said,(AR)I will (AS)dwell in them and (AT)walk among them;And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

16 And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols?(P) For we(e) are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said:I will dwell among them(Q)and walk among them,and I will be their God,(R)and they will be My people.(S)(f)

16 What agreement can a temple of God make with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said: "I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people."

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