2 Corinthians 6:16
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New International Version
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

New Living Translation
And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: "I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

English Standard Version
What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

New American Standard Bible
Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And what agreement does God's sanctuary have with idols? For we are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said: I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.

International Standard Version
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."

NET Bible
And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, just as God said, "I will live in them and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And what agreement does the Temple of God have with demons? But you are the Temple of THE LIVING GOD, just as it is said, “I shall dwell in them and I shall walk in them, and I shall be their God, and they shall be a people to me.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Can God's temple contain false gods? Clearly, we are the temple of the living God. As God said, "I will live and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them and walk in them and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

King James 2000 Bible
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

American King James Version
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Darby Bible Translation
and what agreement of God's temple with idols? for *ye* are [the] living God's temple; according as God has said, I will dwell among them, and walk among [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be to me a people.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
And what compact has the Temple of God with idols? For *we* are the Temple of the ever-living God; as God has said, "I will dwell among them, and walk about among them; and will be their God, and it is they who shall be My people."

World English Bible
What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

Young's Literal Translation
and what agreement to the sanctuary of God with idols? for ye are a sanctuary of the living God, according as God said -- 'I will dwell in them, and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:11-18 It is wrong for believers to join with the wicked and profane. The word unbeliever applies to all destitute of true faith. True pastors will caution their beloved children in the gospel, not to be unequally yoked. The fatal effects of neglecting Scripture precepts as to marriages clearly appear. Instead of a help meet, the union brings a snare. Those whose cross it is to be unequally united, without their wilful fault, may expect consolation under it; but when believers enter into such unions, against the express warnings of God's word, they must expect must distress. The caution also extends to common conversation. We should not join in friendship and acquaintance with wicked men and unbelievers. Though we cannot wholly avoid seeing and hearing, and being with such, yet we should never choose them for friends. We must not defile ourselves by converse with those who defile themselves with sin. Come out from the workers of iniquity, and separate from their vain and sinful pleasures and pursuits; from all conformity to the corruptions of this present evil world. If it be an envied privilege to be the son or daughter of an earthly prince, who can express the dignity and happiness of being sons and daughters of the Almighty?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - What agreement. The word means "unity of composition." This is the fifth synonym which St. Paul has used in this clause - μετοχὴ κοινωνία συμφώνησις, μερὶς συγκατάθεσις. The verb συγκατάθημι occurs in Luke 23:51. St. Paul in this chapter shows an almost unwonted command over the Greek language. With idols (Matthew 6:24; 1 John 5:21). Ye. "We" is the reading of א, B, D, L. Ewald, without sufficient ground, makes it one of his arguments for regarding this section as interpolated (comp. 2 Corinthians 5:21). Are the temple of the living God. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in every Christian heart, which is the distinguishing result of the new covenant, was very prominent in the thoughts of St. Paul (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 2:21, 22; 1 Timothy 3:15; comp. 1 Peter 2:5; Hebrews 3:6). As God hath said. The quotation is altered slightly from the LXX. of Leviticus 26:12. But in this and the next verses we have "a mosaic of citations" from this passage and Exodus 29:45; Isaiah 53:11; Ezekiel 20:34; 2 Samuel 7:14; comp. Jeremiah 31:9; Isaiah 43:6. This mode of compressing the essence of various quotations into one passage was common among the rabbis. In them. In the original Hebrew this means "among them" (Exodus 29:45; Leviticus 26:12). since the indwelling of God by his Holy Spirit belongs only to the new covenant.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?.... That is, what association, confederation, or covenant agreement can the saints, who are the temple of God, have with idols, or their worshippers? no more than the ark of the Lord had with Dagon, or Dagon with the ark; which when brought into his temple, and set by him, the idol fell down, and part of him was broke to pieces:

for ye are the temple of the living God; some copies read "we are", and so the Ethiopic version. The Corinthians, not only as particular believers, were the temples of God, both with respect to their souls and bodies, but they, as a church of Christ incorporated together, were the temple of God; wherefore the apostle does not say, ye are the "temples", but "the temple" of the living God, in allusion to the temple built by Solomon; and that in respect to him the builder of it, who was a type of Christ, the son of David, the Prince of peace, the beloved of the Lord, who was to build the temple, the Gospel church, and to bear the glory; and as Solomon's temple was built on an eminence, on Mount Moriah, so the church is built upon a rock, higher than men, than angels, than the heavens, and out of the reach of men and devils, so as to hurt and destroy it. The matter of the temple at Jerusalem were timber of cedar, and costly stones, hewed, squared, and fitted for the building, before they were brought thither; so the proper materials of a Gospel church are such as are born of incorruptible seed, and therefore comparable to cedars; and are lively stones, hewed, fitted, and squared by the Spirit and grace of God, and put and jointed in among the saints: Solomon's temple was a very stately magnificent building; it was overlaid within with pure gold, expressing the internal glory of Christ's church, which is all glorious within, having the Lord himself to be the Glory in the midst of her: the church of Christ may be compared to the temple also, for the firmness of its foundations and pillars; Christ is the foundation of his church, and that itself is the pillar and ground of truth: that temple was holy, being set apart for the worship and service of God, as the church of Christ is sanctified by the Spirit of God, and is built up a spiritual house, to offer the spiritual sacrifices of prayer and praise to God: it is called the "temple of God", because it is of his building, and where he dwells; "of the living God", because he has life in himself, and gives both spiritual and eternal life to his people; and in opposition to the idols of the Gentiles, who have no life in them; are representations of dead men, cannot give life, nor any of the comforts of life to their votaries; and who, by worshipping them, expose themselves to eternal death. The evidence of the saints, or church of Christ being the temple of the living God, is as follows,

as God hath said, Leviticus 26:11. I will dwell in them; not by his omnipresence, so he dwells everywhere; nor by his omnipotence, so he dwells in, and with all his creatures, supporting them by the word of his power; but by his Spirit and grace, or by his spiritual and gracious presence, which he favours his people with, in the use of ordinances, and where according to his promises they may expect it:

and walk in them. This denotes the communion God is pleased to afford his church and people, and that gracious presence of his with them, whilst they are sojourners here, and passing on to the heavenly glory; as God is said to "walk in a tent and tabernacle" with the "Israelites", whilst they were travelling through the wilderness to Canaan; so he walks in his temple, and with his church and people, whilst they are travelling home to the heavenly Canaan; he walks in them, as in his court and palace, or as in his garden, where he takes much pleasure and delight, and great notice and care of them. R. Solomon Jarchi explains the phrase in Leviticus 26:12 "I will walk among you", thus; I will walk with you in the garden of Eden, or paradise, as one of you, and ye shall not be afraid of me: but the passage regards the presence of God with his people here, and not hereafter:

and I will be their God; not as the God of nature and providence only, but as the God of all grace; as their covenant God and Father in Christ; which is the greatest happiness that can be enjoyed:

and they shall be my people: his special people, loved by him with a peculiar love, on whom he bestows peculiar blessings; and who are made a willing people, willing to be his people by powerful grace, and are formed for himself, his service, and glory: hence it follows,

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. agreement—accordance of sentiments (compare 1Ki 18:21; Eph 5:7, 11).

the temple of God—that is, you believers (1Co 3:16; 6:19).

with idols—Compare Dagon before the ark (1Sa 5:2-4).

as—"even as God said." Quotation from Le 26:12; Jer 31:33; 32:38; Eze 37:26, 27; compare Mt 28:20; Joh 14:23.

walk in them—rather, "among them." As "dwell" implies the divine presence, so "walk," the divine operation. God's dwelling in the body and soul of saints may be illustrated by its opposite, demoniacal possession of body and soul.

my people—rather, "they shall be to me a people."

2 Corinthians 6:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Do Not Be Unequally Yoked
15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17"Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.…
Cross References
Exodus 25:8
"Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.

Exodus 29:45
Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God.

Leviticus 26:12
I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.

Jeremiah 31:1
"At that time," declares the LORD, "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people."

Ezekiel 37:27
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.

Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

John 14:23
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Romans 8:9
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:16
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

1 Corinthians 10:21
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons.

Ephesians 2:22
And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

1 Timothy 3:15
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

James 4:5
Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us?

Revelation 2:1
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.

Revelation 21:3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Revelation 21:7
Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
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And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

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Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me.

Exodus 23:13 And in all things that I have said to you be circumspect: and make …

Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, …

Deuteronomy 4:23,24 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD …

Deuteronomy 5:7 You shall have none other gods before me.

Deuteronomy 6:14,15 You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which …

Joshua 24:14-24 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth…

1 Samuel 7:3,4 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return …

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between …

2 Kings 17:33,34 They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner …

2 Kings 21:4,5 And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, …

2 Kings 23:5-7 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had …

2 Chronicles 33:4,5 Also he built altars in the house of the LORD, whereof the LORD had …

Ezekiel 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Hosea 14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have …

Zephaniah 1:5 And them that worship the host of heaven on the housetops; and them …

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and …

1 John 5:20,21 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

ye are.

1 Corinthians 3:16,17 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit …

1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost …

Ephesians 2:20 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus …

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

1 Peter 2:5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy …

I will dwell.

Exodus 29:45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

Leviticus 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people.

Psalm 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Ezekiel 43:7,9 And he said to me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place …

Zechariah 2:10,11 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, see, I come, and I will …

John 6:56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

Romans 8:9,11 But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the …

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …

2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed to you keep by the Holy Ghost …

1 John 4:12,15 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells …

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle …

I will be.

Genesis 17:7,8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed …

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and …

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Jeremiah 32:38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:

Ezekiel 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep my ordinances, and do …

Ezekiel 36:28 And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and …

Ezekiel 37:26,27 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an …

Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her to me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her …

Zechariah 8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to …

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel …

Revelation 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, …

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