2 Corinthians 6:14
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English Standard Version
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with 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?

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?

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?

2 Corinthians 6:14 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Unequally yoked (ἑτεροζυγοῦντες)

Only here in the New Testament. Not in classical Greek, nor in Septuagint, though the kindred adjective ἑτερόζυγος of a diverse kind, occurs Leviticus 19:19. Unequally gives an ambiguous sense. It is not inequality, but difference in kind, as is shown by the succeeding words. The suggestion was doubtless due to the prohibition in Deuteronomy 22:9, against yoking together two different animals. The reference is general, covering all forms of intimacy with the heathen, and not limited to marriage or to idolfeasts. The different shades of fellowship expressed by five different words in this and the two following verses are to be noted.

Fellowship (μετοχὴ)

Only here in the New Testament. The kindred verb μετέχω to be partaker is found only in Paul's epistles and in Hebrews: μέτοχος partner, partaker, only in Hebrews and Luke 5:7. Having part with is the corresponding English expression.

Righteousness - unrighteousness (δικαιοσύνη - ἀνομίᾳ)

Lit., what sharing is there unto righteousness and lawlessness? Δικαιοσύνῃ righteousness, though the distinctively Pauline sense of righteousness by faith underlies it, is used in the general sense of rightness according to God's standard.

Communion (κοινωνία)

See on Luke 5:10; see on Acts 2:42.

2 Corinthians 6:14 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

unequally.

Exodus 34:16 And you take of their daughters to your sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods...

Leviticus 19:19 You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle engender with a diverse kind: you shall not sow your field with mingled seed...

Deuteronomy 7:2,3 And when the LORD your God shall deliver them before you; you shall smite them, and utterly destroy them...

Deuteronomy 22:9-11 You shall not sow your vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of your seed which you have sown, and the fruit of your vineyard...

Ezra 9:1,2,11,12 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites...

Ezra 10:19 And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and being guilty, they offered a ram of the flock for their trespass.

Nehemiah 13:1-3,23-26 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written...

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 Israel and in Jerusalem...

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 her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will...

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 of the world is enmity with God?...

for.

1 Samuel 5:2,3 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon...

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, How long halt you between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal...

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Should you help the ungodly...

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

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 to a strange god...

Psalm 101:3-5 I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me...

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 those that rise up against you...

Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

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 that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

1 Corinthians 10:21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

Ephesians 5:6-11 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God on the children of disobedience...

1 John 3:12-14 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And why slew he him? Because his own works were evil...

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 off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light...

Ephesians 4:17-20 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind...

Ephesians 5:8-14 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light...

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation...

1 Thessalonians 5:4-8 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief...

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

1 Peter 4:2-4 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God...

1 John 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all...

Cross References
Genesis 24:3
that I may make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell,

Deuteronomy 22:10
You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

Ezra 9:2
For they have taken some of their daughters to be wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has mixed itself with the peoples of the lands. And in this faithlessness the hand of the officials and chief men has been foremost."

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

1 Corinthians 6:6
but brother goes to law against brother, and that before 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 be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

Ephesians 5:7
Therefore do not become partners with them;

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