2Co 6:1
6:1 We {1} then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you]
    also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

 (1) Men do not only need the ministry of the Gospel before they
     have received grace, in order that they may be partakers of
     the Gospel, but also after they have received grace they
     need to continue in it.

2Co 6:2
6:2 {2} (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time {a} accepted,
    and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold,
    now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of

 (2) In that grace is offered, it is by the grace of God, who
     has appointed times and seasons to all things, that we may
     take occasion when it is offered.
     (a) Which I of my free mercy and love towards you liked and
         appointed.  And at this time God poured out his
         marvellous love upon us.

2Co 6:3
6:3 {3} Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not

 (3) He shows the Corinthians a pattern of a true minister in
     his own example, and in Timothy and Silvanus, to the end
     that he might procure authority for himself and his
     companions like him, as he purposed from the beginning.

2Co 6:4
6:4 But in all [things] {b} approving ourselves as the ministers
    of God, {4} in much patience, in afflictions, in
    necessities, in distresses,

    (b) Declare and indeed show.
 (4) He first of all reckons up those things which are neither
     always in the ministers, nor without exception, unless they
     are there according to the minister's bodily condition.
     Patience, however, is an exception, which also is one of
     the virtues which ought to always be in a good minister.

2Co 6:5
6:5 In stripes, in imprisonments, in {c} tumults, in labours, in
    watchings, in fastings;

    (c) In tossing to and fro, finding no place of rest and

2Co 6:6
6:6 {5} By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by
    kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,

 (5) Secondly he reckons up such virtues as are necessary, and
     ought alway be in them, and by which as by good armour, all
     pitfalls and hindrances may be overcome.

2Co 6:7
6:7 By the {d} word of truth, by the {e} power of God, by the
    {f} armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the

    (d) Preaching of the Gospel.
    (e) Power to work miracles, and to subdue the wicked.
    (f) Uprightness.

2Co 6:11
6:11 {6} O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is {g} open unto you, our
     heart is enlarged.

 (6) Going about to rebuke them he says first that he deals with
     them sincerely and with an open and plain heart, and in
     addition complains that they do not do the same in loving
     their Father.
     (g) The opening of the mouth and heart signifies a most
         earnest affection in him that speaks, as it happens
         commonly with those that are in some great joy.

2Co 6:12
6:12 Ye are not {h} straitened in us, but ye are straitened in
     your own {i} bowels.

     (h) You are in my heart as in a house, and that no narrow
         or confined house, for I have opened my whole heart to
         you; but you are inwardly narrow towards me.
     (i) After the manner of the Hebrews, he calls those tender
         affections which rest in the heart, "bowels".

2Co 6:14
6:14 {7} Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
     for what fellowship hath righteousness with
     unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with

 (7) Now he rebukes them boldly, because they became fellows
     with infidels in outward idolatry, as though it were an
     indifferent thing.  And this is the fourth part of this
     epistle, the conclusion of which is, that those whom the
     Lord has condescended to in calling them his children, must
     keep themselves pure, not only in mind, but also in body,
     that they may be completely holy to the Lord.

2Co 6:15
6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what {k} part
     hath he that believeth with an infidel?

     (k) What can there be between them?

2Co 6:16
6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for
     ye are the temple of the {l} living God; as God hath said,
     I will {m} dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be
     their God, and they shall be my people.

     (l) He sets the living God against idols.
     (m) God dwells with us, because Christ has become God with