American Standard Version

2 Corinthians 6

That he hath approved himself a faithful minister of Christ, both by his exhortations,

2 Corinthians 6:1 And working together [with him] we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain 2 Corinthians 6:2 (for he saith, At an acceptable time I hearkened unto thee, And in a day of salvation did I succor thee: behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation):

and by integrity of life,

2 Corinthians 6:3 giving no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our ministration be not blamed;

and by patient enduring all kinds of afflictions and disgraces for the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 6:4 but in everything commending ourselves, as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 2 Corinthians 6:5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 2 Corinthians 6:6 in pureness, in knowledge, in long suffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned, 2 Corinthians 6:7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 2 Corinthians 6:8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and [yet] true; 2 Corinthians 6:9 as unknown, and [yet] well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

Of which he speaketh the more boldly amongst them, because his heart is open to them,

2 Corinthians 6:10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things. 2 Corinthians 6:11 Our mouth is open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart is enlarged. 2 Corinthians 6:12 Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.

and he expecteth the like affection from them again:

2 Corinthians 6:13 Now for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto [my] children), be ye also enlarged.

exhorting to flee the society and pollutions of idolaters, as being themselves temples of the living God.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:16 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. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore Come ye out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch no unclean thing; And I will receive you, 2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be to you a Father, And ye shall be to me sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

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