The New International Version

2 Corinthians 6:1–10

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As God’s co-workersx we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.y For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,

and in the day of salvation I helped you.”a z

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Paul’s Hardships

We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path,a so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonmentsb and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;c in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spiritd and in sincere love;e in truthful speechf and in the power of God;g with weapons of righteousnessh in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor,i bad reportj and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;k known, yet regarded as unknown; dying,l and yet we live on;m beaten, and yet not killed; 10 sorrowful, yet always rejoicing;n poor, yet making many rich;o having nothing,p and yet possessing everything.q

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Matthew 5:3–12

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.f

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.g

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.h

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.i

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.j

Blessed are the pure in heart,k

for they will see God.l

Blessed are the peacemakers,m

for they will be called children of God.n

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,o

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.p

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you,q persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.r 12 Rejoice and be glad,s because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.t

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