We are not giving anyone an occasion for offense, so that the ministry will not be blamed. 4
Instead, as God's ministers, we commend ourselves in everything: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardships, by difficulties, 5
by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger, 6
by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, 7
by the word of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, 8
through glory and dishonor, through slander and good report; regarded as deceivers, yet true; 9
as unknown, yet recognized; as dying, yet see--we live; as being disciplined, yet not killed; 10
as grieving, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet enriching many; as having nothing, yet possessing everything. 11
We have spoken openly to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide. 12
We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13
I speak as to my children; as a proper response, open your heart to us.
And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God, as God said:I will dwelland walk among them,and I will be their God,and they will be my people. 17
Therefore, come out from among themand be separate, says the Lord;do not touch any unclean thing,and I will welcome you. 18
And I will be a Father to you,and you will be sons and daughters to me,says the Lord Almighty.