1We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2#Isa 49.8. (For he saith,
I have heard thee in a time accepted,
and in the day of salvation have I succored thee:
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5#Acts 16.23. in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; 6by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; 9as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. 12Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. 13Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
Ye Are the Temple of the Living God
14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Be´li-al? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16#1 Cor 3.16; 6.19; Lev 26.12; Ezek 37.27. 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.
17 # Isa 52.11. Wherefore come out from among them,
and be ye separate,
saith the Lord,
and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you,
18 # 2 Sam 7.14; 1 Chr 17.13. and will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.