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6 Working together w with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.” For He says:

I heard you in an acceptable time,

and I helped you in the day of salvation. x y

Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. z

The Character of Paul’s Ministry

We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything:

by great endurance, by afflictions,

by hardship, by difficulties,

by beatings, by imprisonments, a

by riots, by labors,

by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,

by purity, b by knowledge, c

by patience, d by kindness, e

by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, f

by the message of truth, g

by the power of God; h

through weapons of righteousness

on the right hand and the left,

through glory i and dishonor,

through slander and good report;

as deceivers yet true;

as unknown yet recognized;

as dying and look—we live;

as being disciplined yet not killed;

10 as grieving yet always rejoicing; j

as poor yet enriching many;

as having nothing yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken openly k to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide. 12 You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections. 13 I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.

Separation to God

14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? l Or what fellowship does light m have with darkness? n 15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial? o Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? p For we q are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said:

I will dwell among them r

and walk among them,

and I will be their God, s

and they will be My people. t u

17 Therefore, come out from among them

and be separate, says the Lord;

do not touch any unclean thing,

and I will welcome you. v w

18 I will be a Father x to you,

and you will be sons y and daughters to Me,

says the Lord Almighty. z a


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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