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 6:14

  • STANLEY for verse 14
    You must have a common ground that is same religion A good example is Samson he married a philistine and disaster followed Ahab married Jezebel and idol worship was introduced in lsrael So many a times you are influenced in the wrong direction instead of you influencing
  • I dated a guy for 1 and a half years. He left me 8 months ago. However through our entire relationship and even when I met him I knew he didn't believe in God. I thought I could pray for him or try and make him see how much he needs the Lord. He didn't want to know any of it. When he left me I was so torn up, I ended up in hospital with depression. Its taken me till now to realise and listen to God's voice.... I don't want or need a non-believer in my life...let alone be married to one someday. I cannot believe I was so torn up about him when he doesn't even love and serve my Lord.

    I think this scripture deserves more attention during preaching and Church services and I fully agree with the scripture. I was backsliding in my relationship with the Lord and I didn't even notice it because all I could see was this guy I was dating.
    - Donné 17Dec2013
  • Unless the LORD builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
    Psalm 127:1 ESV
  • Steven Dickey for verse 14
    this scripture not only speaks of marriage but also of being in close relationship with non believers. IE. Friends , what fellowships does light have with the darkness is saved by the blood of Jesus and unsaved. Jesus was and is the son of God he is the only one who went to the unsaved to teach and preach and love them into seeing their own , need for him . religion is an Institution made by man . not God. God calls us to a relationship with him, His Spirit and His Son. If we are genuinely seeking God and a relationship with Him , you will not be caught up in being unequally yoked with any nonbeliever . the question we need to ask ourselves is are we witnessing to them as nonbelievers or are they influencing us to backslide away from God.......
  • Lori wilson for verse 14
    My question is still not fully answered. Does Unbelievers, mean people from different religions? Or simply heathens? I mean can I marry someone of a different religion, or does the "yoke" include this, take my meaning? I am very confused as to who I am allowed to marry, does he have to be my same religion, or does this chapter mean an unbeliever of any religion?
  • To me this talks about the 50% divorce rate in usa. A marriage of one believer to a non believer, cannot possibly succeed

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