6:1 We then, working together with God, make our request to you not to take the grace of God to no purpose.
6:2 (For he says, I have given ear to you at a good time, and I have been your helper in a day of salvation: see, now is the good time; now is the day of salvation):
6:3 Giving no cause for trouble in anything, so that no one may be able to say anything against our work;
6:4 But in everything making it clear that we are the servants of God, in quiet strength, in troubles, in need, in sorrow,
6:5 In blows, in prisons, in attacks, in hard work, in watchings, in going without food;
6:6 In a clean heart, in knowledge, in long waiting, in being kind, in the Holy Spirit, in true love,
6:7 In the true word, in the power of God; with the arms of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
6:8 By glory and by shame, by an evil name and a good name; as untrue, and still true;
6:9 Unnoted, but still kept fully in mind; as near to death, but still living; as undergoing punishment, but not put to death;
6:10 As full of sorrow, but ever glad; as poor, but giving wealth to others; as having nothing, but still having all things.
6:11 Our mouth is open to you, O Corinthians, our heart is wide.
6:12 It is not our feelings to you which are narrow, but yours to us.
6:13 Now to give me back payment of the same sort (I am talking as to my children), let your hearts be wide open to me.
6:14 Do not keep company with those who have not faith: for what is there in common between righteousness and evil, or between light and dark?
6:15 And what agreement is there between Christ and the Evil One? or what part has one who has faith with one who has not?
6:16 And what agreement has the house of God with images? for we are a house of the living God; even as God has said, I will be living among them, and walking with them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.
6:17 For which cause, Come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and let no unclean thing come near you; and I will take you for myself,
6:18 And will be a Father to you; and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord, the Ruler of all.