2 Corinthians 6
2 Corinthians 6 is the sixth chapter of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle and Timothy (2 Corinthians 1:1) in Macedonia in 55–56 CE.
|2 Corinthians 6|
|Book||Second Epistle to the Corinthians|
|Christian Bible part||New Testament|
|Order in the Christian part||8|
Some early manuscripts containing this chapter are:
Old Testament referencesEdit
- Thus saith the Lord,
- "In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I succored thee: and I have formed thee, and given thee for a covenant of the nations, to establish the earth, and to cause to inherit the desert heritages".
The promised hearing and salvation are offered first to the "suffering servant" in the time of the prophet Isaiah, then to Christ according to Christian interpretation of the servant songs, and finally, here, to the Christian people. Paul adds that the day concerned is "now".
- Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
- "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers": may allude to the law in Deuteronomy 22:10 which is understood not to forbid civil society and converse with unbelievers, but to prohibit joining unbelievers in acts of idolatry, as one of the arguments is, "what agreement has the temple of God with idols?" which seemingly happened at that time (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:14; 1 Corinthians 10:20–22).
- "What fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness" (or KJV: unrighteousness"): This "righteousness" means righteous persons, having the kingdom of God in them.