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Come Out from Among Them, and Be Ye Separate

Ecclesiastes 4:1–6:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:7; Psalm 47:1-9; Proverbs 22:16

Be Ye Not Unequally Yoked
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people
. – 2 Corinthians 6:14-16

Come Out from Among Them, and Be Ye Separate

Wherefore Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, And touch not the unclean thing; And I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, And ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
– 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

Let Us Cleanse Ourselves from All Filthiness of the Flesh and Spirit

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God
. – 2 Corinthians 7:1

Receive Us

Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you. Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation
. – 2 Corinthians 7:2-4

Troubled On Every Side

For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; and not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more
. – 2 Corinthians 7:5-7

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A Few of Solomon’s Observations from Today’s Reading

  • Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. – Ecclesiastes 4:4

    Most people are motivated and driven to succeed by their jealousy. This is meaningless.
  • For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. – Ecclesiastes 5:7

    Many dream and many words are meaningless. Fear God instead.
  • He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity. – Ecclesiastes 5:10

    Those that love money will never be satisfied with money. It is meaningless.
  • Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart. – Ecclesiastes 5:19-20

    Contentment with your work and where God has called and placed you is truly a gift from God.
  • Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. – Ecclesiastes 6:9

    Enjoy the things that you have rather than sitting around dreaming of and desiring all the things you don’t.

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Shout Unto God with the Voice of Triumph
O clap your hands, all ye people; Shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, And the nations under our feet. He shall choose our inheritance for us, The excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Sela
h. – Psalm 47:1-4

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He That Oppresseth the Poor
He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, And he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
– Proverbs 22:16

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Come, Behold the Works of the LORD

Ecclesiastes 1:1–3:22; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Psalm 46:1-11; Proverbs 22:15

Come, Behold the Works of the LORD
Come, behold the works of the LORD, What desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:8-10

Desolation – devastation, ruin, barrenness; sorrow, grief, woe

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Receive Not the Grace of God in Vain
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, And in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) – 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

Giving No Offence
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: – 2 Corinthians 6:3

Approving Ourselves as Ministers of God
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God,

  • in much patience
  • in afflictions
  • in necessities
  • in distresses
  • in stripes
  • in imprisonments
  • in tumults
  • in labours
  • in watchings
  • in fastings
  • by pureness
  • by knowledge
  • by longsuffering
  • by kindness
  • by the Holy Ghost
  • by love unfeigned
  • by the word of truth
  • by the power of God
  • by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left
  • by honour and dishonour
  • by evil report and good report
  • as deceivers, and yet true
  • as unknown, and yet well known
  • as dying and, behold, we live
  • as chastened, and not killed
  • as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing
  • as poor, yet making many rich
  • as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

– 2 Corinthians 6:4-10

Be Ye Also Enlarged
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged. – 2 Corinthians 6:11-13

We are speaking freely to you, Corinthians [we are keeping nothing back], and our heart is opened wide. There is no limit to our affection for you, but you are limited in your own affection [for us]. Now in the same way as a fair exchange [for our love toward you]—I am speaking as [I would] to children—open wide [your hearts] to us also. – 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 AMP

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This Also is Vanity and Vexation of Spirit
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. – Ecclesiastes 2:2

Vanity – excessive pride in one’s appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements

Vexation – to torment, trouble, distress, worry; to irritate, annoy, provoke; to disturb, to stir u

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Foolishness is Bound in the Heart of a Child
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. – Proverbs 22:15

Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline [correction administered with godly wisdom and lovingkindness] will remove it far from him.
 – Proverbs 22:15 AMP