6 Working together with him,+ we also entreat YOU not to accept the undeserved kindness of God and miss its purpose.+ 2 For he says: “In an acceptable time I heard you, and in a day of salvation I helped you.”+ Look! Now is the especially acceptable time.+ Look! Now is the day of salvation.+
3 In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling,+ that our ministry might not be found fault with;+ 4 but in every way we recommend+ ourselves as God’s ministers,* by the endurance of much, by tribulations, by cases of need, by difficulties,+ 5 by beatings, by prisons,+ by disorders, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times without food,+ 6 by purity, by knowledge, by long-suffering,+ by kindness,+ by holy spirit, by love free from hypocrisy,+ 7 by truthful speech, by God’s power;+ through the weapons+ of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,* 8 through glory and dishonor, through bad report and good report; as deceivers+ and yet truthful, 9 as being unknown and yet being recognized,+ as dying and yet, look! we live,+ as disciplined+ and yet not delivered to death,+ 10 as sorrowing but ever rejoicing, as poor but making many rich, as having nothing and yet possessing all things.+
11 Our mouth has been opened to YOU, Corinthians, our heart+ has widened out. 12 YOU are not cramped for room within us,+ but YOU are cramped for room in YOUR own tender affections.+ 13 So, as a recompense in return—I speak as to children+—YOU, too, widen out.
14 Do not become unevenly yoked* with unbelievers.+ For what fellowship do righteousness and lawlessness have?+ Or what sharing does light have with darkness?+ 15 Further, what harmony is there between Christ and Be′li·al?*+ Or what portion+ does a faithful* person have with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s temple* have with idols?+ For we are a temple+ of a living God; just as God said: “I shall reside among them+ and walk among [them], and I shall be their God, and they will be my people.”+ 17 “‘Therefore get out from among them, and separate yourselves,’ says Jehovah,* ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’”;+ “‘and I will take YOU in.’”+ 18 “‘And I shall be a father to YOU,+ and YOU will be sons and daughters to me,’+ says Jehovah* the Almighty.”+