1As his fel ow-workers, we urge you not to let your acceptance of his grace come to nothing. 2As he said, 'At the time of my favour I have answered you; on the day of salvation I have helped you';wel , now is the real time of favour, now the day of salvation is here. 3We avoid putting obstacles in anyone's way, so that no blame may attach to our work of service; 4but in everything we prove ourselves authentic servants of God; by resolute perseverance in times ofhardships, difficulties and distress; 5when we are flogged or sent to prison or mobbed; labouring, sleepless, starving; 6in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness; in the Holy Spirit, in a love free of affectation; 7in the word of truth and in the power of God; by using the weapons of uprightness for attack and fordefence: 8in times of honour or disgrace, blame or praise; taken for impostors and yet we are genuine; 9unknown and yet we are acknowledged; dying, and yet here we are, alive; scourged but not executed; 10in pain yet always ful of joy; poor and yet making many people rich; having nothing, and yet owningeverything. 11People of Corinth, we have spoken frankly and opened our heart to you. 12Any distress you feel is not on our side; the distress is in your own selves. 13In fair exchange -- I speak as though to children of mine -- you must open your hearts too. 14Do not harness yourselves in an uneven team with unbelievers; how can uprightness and law-breaking be partners, or what can light and darkness have in common? 15How can Christ come to an agreement with Beliar and what sharing can there be between a believerand an unbeliever? 16The temple of God cannot compromise with false gods, and that is what we are -- the temple of theliving God. We have God's word for it: I shall fix my home among them and live among them; I will be their Godand they wil be my people. 17Get away from them, purify yourselves, says the Lord. Do not touch anything unclean, and then I shallwelcome you. 18I shal be father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me, says the almighty Lord.
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