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Their Ministry Commended

1 And aworking together [with Him], bwe also urge you not to receive cthe grace of God in vain2 for He says,
  “aAT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
  AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”
Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”— 3 agiving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, 4 but in everything acommending ourselves as Ibservants of God, cin much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, 5 in abeatings, in imprisonments, in btumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in chunger, 6 in purity, in aknowledge, in bpatience, in kindness, in the cHoly Spirit, in dgenuine love, 7 in athe word of truth, in bthe power of God; by cthe weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8 by glory and adishonor, by bevil report and good report; [regarded] as cdeceivers and yet dtrue; 9 as unknown Iyet well-known, as adying Iyet behold, bwe live; as IIpunished Iyet not put to death, 10 as asorrowful yet always arejoicing, as bpoor yet making many rich, as chaving nothing Iyet possessing dall things.

[1] a1Co 3:9 b2Co 5:20 cAc 11:23
[2] aIs 49:8
[3] a1Co 8:9, 13; 9:12
[4] IOr ministers aRo 3:5 b1Co 3:5; 2Ti 2:24f cAc 9:16; 2Co 4:8-11; 6:4ff; 11:23-27; 12:10
[5] aAc 16:23 bAc 19:23ff c1Co 4:11
[6] a1Co 12:8; 2Co 11:6 b2Co 1:23; 2:10; 13:10 c1Co 2:4; 1Th 1:5 dRo 12:9
[7] a2Co 2:17; 4:2 b1Co 2:5 cRo 13:12; 2Co 10:4; Ep 6:11ff
[8] a1Co 4:10 bRo 3:8; 1Co 4:13; 2Co 12:16 cMt 27:63 d2Co 1:18; 4:2; 1Th 2:3f
[9] ILit and IIOr disciplined aRo 8:36 b2Co 1:8, 10; 4:11
[10] ILit and aJn 16:22; 2Co 7:4; Php 2:17; 4:4; Col 1:24; 1Th 1:6 b1Co 1:5; 2Co 8:9 cAc 3:6 dRo 8:32; 1Co 3:21

11aOur mouth Ihas spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our bheart is opened wide. 12 You are not restrained Iby us, but ayou are restrained in your own IIaffections. 13 Now in a like aexchange—I speak as to bchildren—open wide [to us] also.

[11] ILit is open to you aEzk 33:22; Ep 6:19 bIs 60:5; 2Co 7:3
[12] IOr in us IILit inward parts a2Co 7:2
[13] aGa 4:12 b1Co 4:14

14aDo not be Ibound together with bunbelievers; for what cpartnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what aharmony has Christ with IBelial, or IIwhat has a bbeliever in common with an cunbeliever? 16 Or awhat agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are bthe temple of cthe living God; just as God said,
  “dI WILL eDWELL IN THEM AND fWALK AMONG THEM;
  AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
  17aTherefore, bCOME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord.
  “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN;
  And I will welcome you.
  18aAnd I will be a father to you,
  And you shall be bsons and daughters to Me,”
  Says the Lord Almighty.

[14] ILit unequally yoked aDt 22:10; 1Co 5:9f b1Co 6:6 cEp 5:7, 11; 1 Jn 1:6
[15] IGr Beliar IILit what part has a believer with an unbeliever a1Co 10:21 bAc 5:14; 1P 1:21 c1Co 6:6
[16] a1Co 10:21 b1Co 3:16; 6:19 cMt 16:16 dEx 29:45; Lv 26:12; Jr 31:1; Ezk 37:27 eEx 25:8; Jn 14:23 fRv 2:1
[17] aIs 52:11 bRv 18:4
[18] a2S 7:14; 1Ch 17:13; Is 43:6; Ho 1:10 bRo 8:14


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

1 ¶ We then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)

[1] Jr 8:8; Mt 23:37; Ac 14:3; Ro 12:1; 1Co 3:9; 2Co 5:18, 20; 8:1; 10:1; Ga 2:21; 3:4; 4:11; Tit 2:11; He 12:15, 25; 1P 4:10.
[2] Is 49:8; 61:2; Ezk 16:8; Lk 4:19; 19:42; He 3:7, 13; 4:7.

and by integrity of life,

3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

[3] Mt 17:27; 18:6; Ro 14:13; 1Co 8:9; 9:12, 22; 10:23, 32; 2Co 1:12; 8:20.

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

4 But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; 6 By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 8 By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and [yet] true; 9 As unknown, and [yet] well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

[4] Is 61:6; Jol 1:9; 2:17; Lk 21:19; Ac 2:22; 20:23, 34; Ro 5:3, 8; 8:35; 14:18; 16:10; 1Co 3:5; 4:1, 11; 9:11; 2Co 2:17; 3:6; 4:2, 8, 17; 7:11; 11:9, 23, 27; 12:10, 12; Php 4:11; Col 1:11, 24; 1Th 2:3; 3:2, 3, 7; 5:14; 1Ti 2:15; 4:6; 6:11; 2Ti 1:8; 3:10, 11; 4:5; He 12:1; Jm 5:7; Rv 1:9; 3:10.
[5] Dt 25:3; 1K 22:27; 2Ch 16:10; Is 53:5; Jr 33:1; 37:15; 38:6; Ezk 3:17; Mt 9:15; 14:3, 10; Mk 13:34; Ac 5:18; 12:4; 13:3; 14:19, 23; 16:23, 24; 17:5; 18:12; 19:23; 20:31; 21:27; 22:23, 24; 23:10, 35; 24:27; 26:10, 29; 28:16, 30; 1Co 7:5; 15:10; 2Co 1:8; 11:23, 27; Ep 3:1; Php 1:13; 1Th 2:9; 1Ti 4:10; 2Ti 1:8; 2:9; 4:5; He 11:36; 13:17, 23; Rv 2:10.
[6] Jg 16:15; Ezk 33:31; Ro 12:9; 15:19; 1Co 2:1, 4, 16; 13:4; 2Co 2:4; 3:3; 4:6; 7:2; 11:4, 6, 11; 12:15; Ga 3:2, 5; 5:22; Ep 3:4; 4:2, 32; Col 1:9, 11, 27; 2:3; 3:12; 1Th 1:5; 2:10; 1Ti 4:12; 5:2; 2Ti 3:10; 4:2; Tit 2:7; 1P 1:12, 22; 1Jn 3:18.
[7] Ex 14:22; Ps 119:43; Pv 3:16; Is 11:5; 59:17; Mk 16:20; Ac 11:21; Ro 13:12; 1Co 1:24; 2:4; 2Co 1:18; 4:2; 7:14; 10:4; 13:4; Ep 1:13, 19; 3:20; 4:21; 6:11, 13, 14; Col 1:5; 1Th 5:8; 2Ti 2:15; 4:7; He 2:4; Jm 1:18.
[8] Mt 5:11; 10:25; 22:16; 27:63; Mk 12:14; Jn 7:12, 17, 18; Ac 4:21; 5:13, 40; 6:3; 10:22; 14:11; 16:20, 39; 22:12; 24:5; 28:4, 22; Ro 3:8; 1Co 4:10; 1Ti 3:7; 4:10; He 13:13; 1P 4:14; 3Jn 1:12; Rv 3:9.
[9] Ps 118:17; Ac 17:18; 19:26; 21:37; 25:14, 19, 26; Ro 8:36; 15:19; 1Co 4:9; 11:32; 15:31; 2Co 1:8; 4:2, 10; 5:11; 11:6; Ga 1:22.

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

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

[10] Ps 84:11; Pv 16:16; Mt 5:4, 12; 6:19; Lk 6:21; 16:11; Jn 16:22; Ac 5:41; 16:25; Ro 5:2; 9:2; 11:12; 12:15; 15:13; 1Co 3:21; 2Co 2:4; 4:7, 15; 6:4; 7:3; 8:9; Ep 3:8, 16; Php 4:4; Col 3:16; 1Th 3:7; 5:16; 1Ti 4:8; 6:18; He 10:34; Jm 1:2; 2:5; 1P 1:6; 4:13; Rv 2:9; 21:7.
[11] 1S 2:1; Jb 32:20; 33:2; Ps 51:15; 119:32; Hab 2:5; 2Co 2:4; 7:3; 12:15; Ga 3:1; Ep 6:8; Php 1:8; 4:15; Rv 22:12.
[12] Jb 36:16; Pv 4:12; Ec 6:9; Mi 2:7; Php 1:8; 1Jn 3:17.

and he expecteth the like affection from them again:

13 Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto [my] children,) be ye also enlarged.

[13] 2K 13:14; Ps 81:10; Mt 9:28; 17:19; Mk 6:4; 11:24; 1Co 4:14; Ga 4:19; 1Th 2:11; He 12:5; Jm 1:6; 1Jn 2:1, 12; 3:7, 18; 5:14; 3Jn 1:4.

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

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 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 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 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

[14] Ex 34:16; Lv 19:19; Dt 7:2; 22:9; 1S 5:2; 1K 18:21; 2Ch 19:2; Ezr 9:1, 11; 10:19; Ne 13:1, 23; Ps 16:3; 26:4, 9; 44:20; 101:3; 106:35; 119:63; 139:21; Pv 8:18; 22:24; 29:27; Mal 2:11, 15; Jn 7:7; 15:18; Ac 4:23; Ro 13:12; 1Co 5:9; 7:39; 10:21; 15:33; Ep 4:17; 5:6, 8; Php 2:15; 1Th 5:4; Jm 4:4; 1P 2:9; 4:2; 1Jn 1:5; 3:12.
[15] 1S 5:2; 1K 18:21; Ezr 4:3; Mk 16:16; Ac 8:20; 1Co 10:20; 1Ti 5:8; 1Jn 5:11.
[16] Gn 17:7; Ex 20:3; 23:13; 29:45; 34:14; Lv 26:12; Dt 4:23; 5:7; 6:14; Jsh 24:14; 1S 7:3; 1K 18:21; 2K 17:33; 21:4; 23:5; 2Ch 33:4; Ps 90:1; Jr 24:7; 31:33; 32:38; Ezk 11:20; 36:25, 28; 37:26; 43:7, 9; Ho 2:23; 14:8; Zp 1:5; Zc 2:10; 8:8; 13:9; Mt 6:24; Jn 6:56; Ro 8:9, 11; 9:26; 1Co 3:16; 6:19; Ep 2:20; 3:17; 2Ti 1:14; He 3:6; 8:10; 1P 2:5; 1Jn 4:12, 15; 5:20; Rv 21:3, 7.
[17] Nu 16:21, 26, 45; Ezr 6:21; 10:11; Ps 1:1; Pv 9:6; Is 52:11; Jr 51:6; Jn 6:37; Ac 2:40; Ro 15:7; 2Co 7:1; Rv 18:4.
[18] Gn 17:1; 48:3; Ps 22:30; Jr 3:19; 31:1, 9; Ho 1:9; Jn 1:12; Ro 8:14, 29; Ga 3:26; 4:5; Ep 1:5; 1Jn 3:1; Rv 1:8; 21:7, 22.


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