Section 8, Chapter 7
He exhorts them to a correspondence with God's grace and not to associate with unbelievers.
6:1. And we helping do exhort you that you receive not the grace of God in vain.
6:2. For he saith: In an accepted time have I heard thee and in the day of salvation have I helped thee. Behold, now is the acceptable time: behold, now is the day of salvation.
6:3. Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed.
6:4. But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses,
6:5. In stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings,
6:6. In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned,
6:7. In the word of truth, in the power of God: by the armour of justice on the right hand and on the left:
6:8. By honour and dishonour: by evil report and good report: as deceivers and yet true: as unknown and yet known:
6:9. As dying and behold we live: as chastised and not killed:
6:10. As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as needy, yet enriching many: as having nothing and possessing all things.
6:11. Our mouth is open to you, O ye Corinthians: our heart is enlarged.
6:12. You are not straitened in us: but in your own bowels you are straitened.
6:13. But having the same recompense (I speak as to my children): be you also enlarged.
6:14. Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?
6:15. And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath the faithful with the unbeliever?
6:16. 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.
6:17. Wherefore: Go out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing:
6:18. And I will receive you. And will be a Father to you: and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.