2 Corinthians 6
2 Corinthians 6:1
Working together, we entreat also that you not receive the grace of God in vain,
2 Corinthians 6:2
for he says, At an acceptable time I listened to you, in a day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is the acceptable time. Behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:3
We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed,
2 Corinthians 6:4
but in everything commending ourselves, as servants of God, in great endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
2 Corinthians 6:5
in beatings, in imprisonments, in riots, in labors, in watchings, in fastings;
2 Corinthians 6:6
in pureness, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in sincere love,
2 Corinthians 6:7
in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
2 Corinthians 6:8
by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
2 Corinthians 6:9
as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and not killed;
2 Corinthians 6:10
as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 6:11
Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians. Our heart is enlarged.
2 Corinthians 6:12
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.
2 Corinthians 6:13
Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
The Torah says,
“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.”
The Baal HaTurim, R’ Yaakov ben Asher, writes,
“i.e. a non-kosher animal [donkey] together with a kosher animal [ox]. This is an allusion to the ethic that a righteous man should not enter into partnership with a wicked man.”
Baal HaTurim Chumash, Mesorah Publishing, Ltd., pg. 2065