2 Corinthians 6:14
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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?

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?

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?

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?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers - This is a military term: keep in your own ranks; do not leave the Christian community to join in that of the heathens. The verb ἑτεροζυγειν signifies to leave one's own rank, place, or order, and go into another; and here it must signify not only that they should not associate with the Gentiles in their idolatrous feasts, but that they should not apostatize from Christianity; and the questions which follow show that there was a sort of fellowship that some of the Christians had formed with the heathens which was both wicked and absurd, and if not speedily checked would infallibly lead to final apostasy.

Some apply this exhortation to pious persons marrying with those who are not decidedly religious, and converted to God. That the exhortation may be thus applied I grant; but it is certainly not the meaning of the apostle in this place. Nevertheless, common sense and true piety show the absurdity of two such persons pretending to walk together in a way in which they are not agreed. A very wise and very holy man has given his judgment on this point: "A man who is truly pious, marrying with an unconverted woman, will either draw back to perdition, or have a cross during life." The same may be said of a pious woman marrying an unconverted man. Such persons cannot say this petition of the Lord's prayer, Lead us not into temptation. They plunge into it of their own accord.

For what fellowship, etc. - As righteousness cannot have communion with unrighteousness, and light cannot dwell with darkness; so Christ can have no concord with Belial, nor can he that believeth have any with an infidel. All these points were self-evident; how then could they keep up the profession of Christianity, or pretend to be under its influence, while they associated with the unrighteous, had communion with darkness, concord with Belial, and partook with infidels?

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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...

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Blessed Prosperity Meditations on the First Psalm.
INTRODUCTORY. There is a prosperity which is not blessed: it comes not from above but from beneath, and it leads away from, not towards heaven. This prosperity of the wicked is often a sore perplexity to the servants of GOD; they need to be reminded of the exhortation, "Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." Many besides the Psalmist have been envious at the foolish when seeing the prosperity of the wicked, and have been
J. Hudson Taylor—A Ribband of Blue

Love and the Comforter.
"By the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned."--2 Cor. vi. 6. The question is, "In what sense is the pouring out of Love an ever-continued, never-finished work? Love is here taken in its highest, purest sense. Love which gives its goods to the poor and its body to be burned is out of the question. St. Paul declares that one may do these things and still be nothing more than a sounding brass, utterly devoid of the least spark of the true and real Love. In 2 Cor. vi. 6 the apostle mentions the motives of
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Purity and Peace in the Present Lord
PHILIPPIANS iv. 1-9 Euodia and Syntyche--Conditions to unanimity--Great uses of small occasions--Connexion to the paragraphs--The fortress and the sentinel--A golden chain of truths--Joy in the Lord--Yieldingness--Prayer in everything--Activities of a heart at rest Ver. 1. +So, my brethren beloved and longed for+, missed indeed, at this long distance from you, +my joy and crown+ of victory (stephanos), +thus+, as having such certainties and such aims, with such a Saviour, and looking for such
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Introductory Note to the Epistles of Ignatius
[a.d. 30-107.] The seductive myth which represents this Father as the little child whom the Lord placed in the midst of his apostles (St. Matt. xviii. 2) indicates at least the period when he may be supposed to have been born. That he and Polycarp were fellow-disciples under St. John, is a tradition by no means inconsistent with anything in the Epistles of either. His subsequent history is sufficiently indicated in the Epistles which follow. Had not the plan of this series been so exclusively that
Ignatius—The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

Cross References
Genesis 24:3
I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living,

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

Ezra 9:2
They have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and their sons, and have mingled the holy race with the peoples around them. And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness."

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

1 Corinthians 6:6
But instead, one brother takes another to court--and this in front of unbelievers!

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

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

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