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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 6:14


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 6:14

    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath 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?

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 6:14

    Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship 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?

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (14) -
    Ex 34:16 Le 19:19 De 7:2,3; 22:9-11 Ezr 9:1,2,11,12; 10:19

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 6:14

    No os juntis en yugo con los incrdulos; porque ¿qu compaía tiene la justicia con la injusticia? ¿Y qu comunicacin la luz con las tinieblas?

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 6:14

    Verse 14. 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 eterozugein 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, &c.] 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?


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers , etc..] This seems to be an allusion to the law in ( Deuteronomy 22:10) and to be a mystical explanation of it; and is to be understood not as forbidding civil society and converse with unbelievers; for this is impracticable, then must believers needs go out of the world; this the many natural and civil relations subsisting among men make absolutely necessary; and in many cases is both lawful and laudable, especially when there is any opportunity or likelihood of doing them any service in a spiritual way: not is it to be understood as dehorting from entering into marriage contracts with such persons; for such marriages the apostle, in his former epistle, had allowed to be lawful, and what ought to be abode by; though believers would do well carefully to avoid such an unequal yoke, since oftentimes they are hereby exposed to many snares, temptations, distresses, and sorrows, which generally more or less follow hereon: but there is nothing in the text or context that lead to such an interpretation; rather, if any particular thing is referred to, it is to joining with unbelievers in acts of idolatry; since one of the apostle's arguments to dissuade from being unequally yoked with unbelievers is, what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? and from the foregoing epistle it looks as if some in this church had joined with them in such practices; (see 1 Corinthians 10:14,20-22). But I rather think that these words are a dissuasive in general, from having any fellowship with unbelievers in anything sinful and criminal, whether in worship or in conversation: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? This, with what is said in the following verse, and in the beginning of the next to that, contain reasons or arguments engaging believers to attend to the exhortation given not to keep company with unbelievers. By righteousness is meant righteous persons, who are made the righteousness of God in Christ, to whom Christ is made righteousness, or to whom the righteousness of Christ is imputed for justification; and who also have principles of grace and holiness in their hearts, or have the kingdom of God in them, which consists of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; and who being made free from the dominion of sin, are become servants of righteousness: and by unrighteousness is designed unrighteous persons, who are destitute of a justifying righteousness, are filled with all unrighteousness, and are, as it were, a mass and lump of iniquity; now, what fellowship can there be between persons of such distant characters? And what communion hath light with darkness ? regenerate men are made light in the Lord; they are enlightened into their state and condition by nature, to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, to behold the glory, beauty, fulness, and suitableness of Christ, so as to be sensible of their need of him, and to be able to look unto him for life and salvation; they are enlightened more or less into the doctrines of the Gospel, and the duties of religion; and their path is a shining light, shining more and more unto the perfect day. Unregenerate persons are darkness itself; they are dark and ignorant of God in Christ, of the way of salvation by Christ, of the work of the Spirit of God upon the heart, and of the mysteries of grace; they know not themselves, nor the sad estate they are in; they are born, and brought up in darkness worse than Egyptian darkness; they go on in it, and if grace prevent not, will be cast into utter and eternal darkness. Now, what communion can there be between persons so different one from another? for what is more so than light and darkness? these the God of nature has divided from each other; and they are in nature irreconcilable to one another, and so they are in grace.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 11-18 - It is wrong for
    believers to join with the wicked and profane. The wor unbeliever applies to all destitute of true faith. True pastors wil caution their beloved children in the gospel, not to be unequall yoked. The fatal effects of neglecting Scripture precepts as to marriages clearly appear. Instead of a help meet, the union brings snare. Those whose cross it is to be unequally united, without their wilful fault, may expect consolation under it; but when believers ente into such unions, against the express warnings of God's word, they mus expect must distress. The caution also extends to common conversation We should not join in friendship and acquaintance with wicked men an unbelievers. Though we cannot wholly avoid seeing and hearing, an being with such, yet we should never choose them for friends. We mus 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 __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    14. Unequally yoked (eterozugountev). Only here in the New Testament. Not in
    classical Greek, nor in Septuagint, though the kindred adjective eJterozugov of a diverse kind, occurs Lev. xix. 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 Deut. xxii. 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 (metoch). Only here in the New Testament. The kindred verb metecw to be partaker is found only in Paul's epistles and in Hebrews: metocov partner, partaker, only in Hebrews and Luke v. 7. Having part with is the corresponding English expression.

    Righteousness - unrighteousness (dikaiosunh - anomia). Lit., what sharing is there unto righteousness and lawlessness? Dikaiosunh 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 (koinwnia). See on Luke v. 10; Acts ii. 42.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    6:14 {Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers} (me ginesqe heterozugountes apistois). No other example of this verb has yet been found, though the adjective from which it is apparently formed, heterozugos (yoked with a different yoke) occurs in #Le 19:19 of the union of beasts of different kinds. In #De 22:10 we read: "Thou shalt not plough with an ox and an ass together." Literally, "Stop becoming (me ginesqe present imperative, not m genesqe aorist subj.) unequally yoked with unconverted heathen (unbelievers)." Some were already guilty. Marriage is certainly included, but other unions may be in mind. Cf. #Eph 5:7. Paul gives as the reason (gar) for this prohibition five words in questions to distinguish the contrasts. {Fellowship} (metoce). Sharing with and followed by associative instrumental case of dikaiosunei (righteousness) and iniquity (anomiai). A pertinent challenge today when church members wink at violations of laws of the land and laws of God. {Communion} (koinwnia). Partnership to light (fwti dative case) with (pros), facing darkness.


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