2 Corinthians 6:14
New International Version
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?

New Living Translation
Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?

English Standard Version
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Berean Study Bible
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

Berean Literal Bible
Do not become unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

New American Standard Bible
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

King James Bible
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Christian Standard Bible
Don't become partners with those who do not believe. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

Contemporary English Version
Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil? Are light and darkness the same?

Good News Translation
Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

International Standard Version
Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? What fellowship can light have with darkness?

NET Bible
Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness?

New Heart English Bible
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be associates with those who are unbelievers; for what partnership has righteousness with evil, or what intimacy has light with darkness?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers. Can right and wrong be partners? Can light have anything in common with darkness?

New American Standard 1977
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness? and what communion does light have with darkness?

King James 2000 Bible
Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what partnership has light with darkness?

American King James Version
Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?

American Standard Version
Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?

Darby Bible Translation
Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what participation [is there] between righteousness and lawlessness? or what fellowship of light with darkness?

English Revised Version
Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness?

Webster's Bible Translation
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Weymouth New Testament
Do not come into close association with unbelievers, like oxen yoked with asses. For what is there in common between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what partnership has light with darkness?

World English Bible
Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Young's Literal Translation
Become not yoked with others -- unbelievers, for what partaking is there to righteousness and lawlessness?
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Do Not Be Unequally Yoked
13As a fair exchange, I ask you as my children: Open wide your hearts also. 14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?…
Cross References
Genesis 24:3
and I will have you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I am dwelling,

Deuteronomy 22:10
Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.

Ezra 9:2
Indeed, the Israelites have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed has been mixed with the people of the land. And the leaders and officials have taken the lead in this unfaithfulness!"

1 Corinthians 5:9
I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people.

1 Corinthians 6:6
Instead, one brother goes to law against another, and this in front of unbelievers!

1 Corinthians 7:39
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, as long as he belongs to the Lord.

Ephesians 5:7
Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Ephesians 5:11
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

1 John 1:6
If we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Treasury of Scripture

Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?

unequally.

Exodus 34:16 And you take of their daughters to your sons, and their daughters …

Leviticus 19:19 You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle engender …

Deuteronomy 7:2,3 And when the LORD your God shall deliver them before you; you shall …

Deuteronomy 22:9-11 You shall not sow your vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit …

Ezra 9:1,2,11,12 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, …

Ezra 10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and …

Nehemiah 13:1-3,23-26 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the …

Psalm 106:35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.

Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go:

Malachi 2:11,15 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in …

1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators:

1 Corinthians 7:39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband lives; but if …

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

for.

1 Samuel 5:2,3 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the …

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between …

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said …

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in …

Psalm 26:4,5,9,10 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers…

Psalm 44:20,21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands …

Psalm 101:3-5 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them …

Psalm 119:63 I am a companion of all them that fear you, and of them that keep your precepts.

Psalm 139:21,22 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with …

Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 15:18,19 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

Acts 4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all …

1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you …

Ephesians 5:6-11 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

1 John 3:12-14 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And …

and what.

Proverbs 8:18,19 Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness…

Romans 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast …

Ephesians 4:17-20 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

Ephesians 5:8-14 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake …

1 Peter 2:9,10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 Peter 4:2-4 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare …







Lexicon
{Do} not
Μὴ (Mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

be
γίνεσθε (ginesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

unequally yoked
ἑτεροζυγοῦντες (heterozygountes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2086: To be yoked up differently, to be unequally yoked. From a compound of heteros and zugos; to yoke up differently, i.e. to associate discordantly.

with unbelievers.
ἀπίστοις (apistois)
Adjective - Dative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 571: (passively) untrustworthy (person), or incredible (thing).

For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

what
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

partnership [can]
μετοχὴ (metochē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3352: Sharing, partnership, fellowship. From metecho; participation, i.e. Intercourse.

righteousness
δικαιοσύνῃ (dikaiosynē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1343: From dikaios; equity; specially justification.

[have with]
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

wickedness?
ἀνομίᾳ (anomia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 458: Lawlessness, iniquity, disobedience, sin. From anomos; illegality, i.e. Violation of law or wickedness.

Or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

what
τίς (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

fellowship
κοινωνία (koinōnia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2842: From koinonos; partnership, i.e. participation, or intercourse, or benefaction.

[does] light [have]
φωτὶ (phōti)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5457: Light, a source of light, radiance. From an obsolete phao; luminousness.

with
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

darkness?
σκότος (skotos)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4655: Darkness, either physical or moral. From the base of skia; shadiness, i.e. Obscurity.
(14) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.--We seem at first to enter, by an abrupt transition, upon a new line of exhortation. The under-current of thought is, however, not difficult to trace. There was a false latitude as well as a true. The baser party at Corinth might think it a matter of indifference whether they married a heathen or a Christian, whether they chose their intimate friends among the worshippers of Aphrodite or of Christ. Against that "enlargement" the Apostle feels bound to protest. The Greek word for "unequally yoked together" is not found elsewhere, and was probably coined by St. Paul to give expression to his thoughts. Its meaning is, however, determined by the use of the cognate noun in Leviticus 19:19 ("Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind"). Cattle were unequally yoked together when ox and ass were drawing the same plough (Deuteronomy 22:10). Men and women are so when they have no common bond of faith in God. Another explanation refers the image to the yoke of a balance, or pair of scales, and so sees in the precept a warning against partiality in judgment; but this rests on very slender ground, or rather, no ground at all.

Verse 14. - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Ewald, followed by Dean Stanley, Holsten, and others, thinks that here there is a sudden dislocation of the argument, and some have even supposed that the section, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, is either an after thought written by the apostle on the margin of the Epistle after it was finished; or even an interpolation. The latter view has arisen from the unusual expressions of the section, and the use of the word "Belial," and the command of Greek shown by the varied expressions. There is no adequate ground for these conjectures. Every writer is conscious of moods in which words come to him more fluently than at other times, and all writers of deep feeling, like St. Paul, abound in sudden transitions which correspond to the lightning-like rapidity of their thoughts. It is doubtful whether the readers would not have seen at once the sequence of thought, which depends on circumstances which we can only conjecture. Probably the alienation from St. Paul had its root in some tampering with unbelievers. Such might at any rate have been the case among the Gentile members of the Church, some of whom were even willing to go to sacrificial feasts in heathen temples (1 Corinthians 8-10.). "Unequally yoked" is a metaphor derived from Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:10, and is the opposite of "true yoke fellow" (Philippians 4:3). What fellowship; literally, participation (Ephesians 5:6-11). Unrighteousness; literally, lawlessness (1 John 3:4). It was a special mark of heathen life (Romans 7:19). Light with darkness. This antithesis is specially prominent in Ephesians 5:9-11 and Colossians 1:12, 13, and in the writings of St. John (John 1:5; John 3:19; 1 John, passim). 6:11-18 It is wrong for believers to join with the wicked and profane. The word unbeliever applies to all destitute of true faith. True pastors will caution their beloved children in the gospel, not to be unequally yoked. The fatal effects of neglecting Scripture precepts as to marriages clearly appear. Instead of a help meet, the union brings a snare. Those whose cross it is to be unequally united, without their wilful fault, may expect consolation under it; but when believers enter into such unions, against the express warnings of God's word, they must expect must distress. The caution also extends to common conversation. We should not join in friendship and acquaintance with wicked men and unbelievers. Though we cannot wholly avoid seeing and hearing, and being with such, yet we should never choose them for friends. We must not defile ourselves by converse with those who defile themselves with sin. Come out from the workers of iniquity, and separate from their vain and sinful pleasures and pursuits; from all conformity to the corruptions of this present evil world. If it be an envied privilege to be the son or daughter of an earthly prince, who can express the dignity and happiness of being sons and daughters of the Almighty?
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