THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
G. Working Together with God by an All-fitting Life
1. The Work of the Reconciling Ministry
1 1And working 2together with Him, we also 3aentreat you not to receive the 4bgrace of God in vain;
2 For He says, a"In an bacceptable time I listened to you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'' Behold, now is the 1cwell-acceptable time; behold, now is the dday of 2salvation.
2. The Adequate Life of the Reconciling Ministry
3 1We give no occasion of stumbling in anything that the 2ministry may not be faulted,
4 But in everything we acommend ourselves as bministers of God, in much 1cendurance, in dafflictions, in 2enecessities, in fdistresses,
5 In astripes, in bimprisonments, in ctumults, in dlabors, in 1ewatchings, in 2fastings;
6 In pureness, in 1aknowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in a bholy 2spirit, in cunfeigned 1love,
7 In the aword of truth, in the bpower of God; through the 1cweapons of righteousness 2on the right and on the left,
8 Through 1glory and adishonor, through 2bevil report and good report; as 3cdeceivers and yet dtrue;
9 As 1unknown and yet well known; as 2adying and yet behold we blive; as 3being disciplined and yet cnot being put to death;
10 As 1made asorrowful yet always brejoicing; as 2poor yet cenriching many; as 3dhaving nothing and yet possessing eall things.
11 Our mouth is 1aopened to you, Corinthians; our heart is 1benlarged.
12 You are not constricted in us, but you are 1constricted in your 2ainward parts.
13 But for a 1recompense in kind, I speak as to 2achildren, you also 3be enlarged.
3. A Frank Exhortation of the Reconciling Ministry
14 1Do not become 2adissimilarly yoked with unbelievers. For what 3bpartnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what cfellowship does dlight have 4with edarkness?
15 And what concord does aChrist have 1with Belial? Or what part does a believer have with an bunbeliever?
16 And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the atemple of the 1bliving God, even as God said, c"I will dwell among them and walk among them; and dI will be their God, and they will be My people.''
17 Therefore a"come out from their midst and be 1separated, says the Lord, and do not touch 2what is bunclean; and I will 3welcome you'';
18 "And I will be 1a aFather to you, and you will be 2bsons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.''