Berean Literal Bible
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
1And working together, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For He says:
“In the acceptable time I listened to you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”a
Behold, now is the time of favor; behold, now is the day of salvation.
3Placing no obstacle in anyone’s way so that our ministry should not be blemished, 4in everything, rather, we are commending ourselves as God’s servants: in great endurance, in tribulations, in hardships, in distresses; 5in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 6in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness; in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love; 7in the word of truth, in the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8through glory and dishonor, through bad report and good report; as imposters and yet true; 9as being unknown and yet being well-known; as dying and yet, behold, we live; as being punished and yet not being killed; 10as being sorrowful yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many; as having nothing and yet possessing all things.
11Our mouth has been opened to you, Corinthians; our heart has been expanded. 12You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections. 13Now as the same recompense, I speak as to children, be you expanded also.
Do Not Be Unequally Yoked
14Do not become unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15And what harmony has Christ with Belial? Or what part to a believer is with an unbeliever? 16And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them,
and will walk among them;
and I will be their God,
and they will be My people.”b
17“Therefore come out from their midst
and be separate, says the Lord,
and touch nothing unclean,
and I will receive you.”c
“I will be for a father to you,
and you will be for sons and daughters to Me,a 2 Isaiah 49:8
b 16 Leviticus 26:12; Ezekiel 37:27
c 17 Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34