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?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be ye not vnequally yoked together with vnbeleeuers: for what fellowship hath righteousnesse with vnrighteousnesse? and what communion hath light with darknesse?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness?
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not keep company with those who have not faith: for what is there in common between righteousness and evil, or between light and dark?
- Basic English Bible

Be not diversely yoked with unbelievers; for what participation [is there] between righteousness and lawlessness? or what fellowship of light with darkness?
- Darby Bible

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
- Webster's Bible

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?
- Weymouth Bible

Don't be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
- World English Bible

Nyle ye bere the yok with vnfeithful men. For what parting of riytwisnes with wickidnesse? or what felouschipe of liyt to derknessis?
- Wycliffe Bible

Become not yoked with others -- unbelievers, for what partaking [is there] to righteousness and lawlessness?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:14


6:14 Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers - Christians with Jews or heathens. The apostle particularly speaks of marriage. But the reasons he urges equally hold against any needless intimacy with them. Of the five questions that follow, the three former contain the argument; the two latter, the conclusion.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 6:14


2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. The figure is drawn from the prohibition of De 22:10 Le 19:19. The meaning is that Christians are not to pair off with unbelievers. All intimate associations are forbidden. The primary reference is to intermarriage and to association in heathen festivals. All close fellowship with unbelievers is included. Saints should choose Christian alliances and associations. NOTE ON MIXED MARRIAGES.--"The unequal yoking" covers the question of marriage between Christians and irreligious persons. The whole spirit of the Bible is against the practice. Marriages of the "sons of God" with the "daughters of men" caused the sins which brought on the Flood (Ge 6:1-7). Alien marriages were forbidden to Israel (Ex 34:16 De 7:3,4); this was the pit into which Samson fell (Jud 14:3); to this cause was due the fall of Solomon (1Ki 11:1-10); Ezra made the Jews put away alien wives (Ezr 9:10), and in the discussion of the subject in 1 Corinthians 7, the whole implication is that intermarriage with unbelievers was out of the question. The widow is only allowed to marry a Christian (1Co 7:39).

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 6

  • Moses
    i cannot be a believer and love the world nor the things in it; Jesus warned me about idolatry and i cannot be a sin free true christian and buddy around with a disobedient one-my love will go cold.Compromise has sent many OF US TO HELLFIRE-if Jesus loved me with all his heart i also ought to love Him with all mine and i hate failing in this-pray for me for sacrificing for Jesus sometimes not easy.
  • Calvetta
    It is saying come from among the people that is not good in your life. The unbeliever will try to stir you away from God if your not strong enough. The christian who is a busy body in the church that is always stirring something up they gossip and always talking about leadership. You have to separate yourself from them because they will make you missed what God have for you.
  • Barbara
    This world is not our home so why get comfortable here. We do not belong here if we are Christians. It is like visiting. It is not our home and we dont belong so we dont make ourself too comfortable.
  • Tonya
    Teaches me that sometimes all we can do is pray for our loved ones as we do strangers so we don't get dragged into unrighteousness. Sometimes I just have to let go n leave it to God as he promises his comfort for me. God is great in his every word.
  • unbelievers also include your family my children who are adults now do not believe in the Lord I see them to talk about the Lord but I don't go to their parties or dinners I pray for their salvation.
  • Lilian
    We need to invite the Holy Spirit in every moment of our lives. God is available all the time and His door is always open. We must obey his words and commandments. We must meditate his words day and night all things that we need will be added and we will be always prosper. Listening to his words are more powerful than prayers. Our prayers must be completed with thanksgiving and praising God for his love endures forever. His love and mercy is always with us. Thanks to Jesus for his precious blood that shed for us. Amen

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