Deuteronomy ,3 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: …. And the people answered him not a word. Proverbs ,19 Riches and honour are with me; yea , durable riches and righteousness….
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Romans 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 armour of light…. Ephesians This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, …. 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? How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness?
How can light live with darkness? English Standard Version Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? Berean Study Bible Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? Berean Literal Bible Do not become unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness?
New American Standard Bible Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? King James Bible Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? Christian Standard Bible Don't become partners with those who do not believe.
For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Contemporary English Version Stay away from people who are not followers of the Lord! Can someone who is good get along with someone who is evil?
Are light and darkness the same? Good News Translation Do not try to work together as equals with unbelievers, for it cannot be done. How can right and wrong be partners? How can light and darkness live together? Holman Christian Standard Bible Do not be mismatched with unbelievers.
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International Standard Version Stop becoming unevenly yoked with unbelievers. What partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? What fellowship can light have with darkness? NET Bible Do not become partners with those who do not believe, for what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship does light have with darkness?
New Heart English Bible Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? For what partnership can righteousness have with lawlessness? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? In 2 nd Corinthians verse 17 God commands us to 'come out from them and be separate' and 'He will be a Father to us and we will be His sons and daughters' verse The promises linked with our obedience to this command, tells us why we are commanded not to yoke ourselves with unbelievers because we hinder His presence.
They no longer walk individually, but fastened together by the yoke, so therefore they walk as one". The Yoke not only keeps them in one accord, it keeps them fit for purpose. They no longer walk individually, but fastened together by the yoke, so therefore they walk as one. Believe it or not, the yoke makes the burden lighter. For one Oxen to plough the field on its own, is a big job, but two ploughing the field with similar strength, makes for much easier work. However, you wouldn't yoke an oxen and a dog together now would you?
Not only would they be unfit for purpose, because they are built differently, but ultimately one would carry more of the burden; potentially causing the other to totally pull back and stop. As an unmarried woman, it was only right to get a married persons perspective, so I sought the counsel of my Pastor. Her wisdom was one of confirmation and revelation. We live in a world where everything is negotiable, and must be discussed — there are no longer any absolutes and everyone must have an opinion.
God's word speaks of believers being in a marriage with unbelievers and if one of the spouses becomes a Christian in marriage they are instructed to stay, 1 Corinthians but we are not told to knowingly walk into a relationship with the awareness that they are an unbeliever. I get it! I would get excited if I was sent a scripture in the morning, and was already at the altar if he prayed, yet I knew that his heart, and mine , were far from the Lord.
I'm not saying that we should not have unbelieving friends, as we all have family and friends and a whole world of unbelievers' around us, but we are to not closely attach ourselves with them.
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I pray you understand what I mean here. For one to believe and not the other, can you imagine what a loss to the body this would be? We just can't. We have to be resolute and trust God's word and not our circumstances, body clocks, impatience or what society says.