c“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
3 dWe give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. 4 But in all things we commend ourselves eas ministers of God: in much 1patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, 5 fin 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 2sincere love, 7 gby the word of truth, by hthe power of God, by ithe 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 jyet well known; kas dying, and behold we live; las chastened, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many mrich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O Corinthians! 3We have spoken openly to you, nour heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but oyou are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same p(I speak as to children), you also be open.
14 qDo not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For rwhat 4fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what 5communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For syou 6are 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.”
u“Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
18 “I vwill be a Father to you,
and you shall be My wsons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.”
Lit. Our mouth is open