King James Version
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore come out from the midst of them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and touch not what is unclean, and I will receive you;
World English Bible
Therefore, "'Come out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord. 'Touch no unclean thing. I will receive you.
Young's Literal Translation
wherefore, come ye forth out of the midst of them, and be separated, saith the Lord, and an unclean thing do not touch, and I -- I will receive you,
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CommentaryGeneva Study Bible
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
 come out from among them
(1) Separation in Scripture is twofold: "from" whatever is contrary to the mind of God; and "unto" God Himself. The underlying principle is that in a moral universe it is impossible for God to fully bless and use His children who are in compromise or complicity with evil. The unequal yoke is anything which unites a child of God and an unbeliever in a common purpose Dt 22:10.
(2) Separation from evil implies
(a) separation in desire, motive, and act, from the world, in the ethically bad sense of this present world-system. See Scofield Note: "Rev 13:8" and
(b) separation from believers, especially false teachers, who are "vessels unto dishonour" 2Tim 2:20,21 2Jn 1:9-11.
(3) Separation is not from contact with evil in the world or the church, but from complicity with and conformity to Jn 17:15 2Cor 6:14-18 Gal 6:1.
(4) The reward of separation is the full manifestation of the divine fatherhood 2Cor 6:17,18 unhindered communion and worship Heb 13:13-15 and fruitful service 2Tim 2:21 as world-conformity involves the loss of these, though not of salvation. Here, as in all else, Christ is the model. He was "holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners" Heb 7:26 and yet in such contact with them for their salvation that the Pharisees, who illustrate the mechanical and ascetic conception of separation See Scofield Note: "Mt 3:7", judged Him as having lost His Nazarite character. Lk 7:39 Cf 1Cor 9:19-23 10:27.
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Eph. ii. 20.--"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." Believers are "the temple of the living God," in which he dwells and walks, 2 Cor. vi. 16. Every one of them is a little sanctuary and temple to his Majesty, "sanctify the Lord of hosts in your hearts." Though he be "the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity," yet he is pleased to come down to this poor cottage of a creature's heart, and dwell in it. Is not this …
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