2 Corinthians 6:14-16

6:14 Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 6:15 What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what portion has a believer with an unbeliever? 6:16 What agreement has a temple of God with idols? For you are a temple of the living God. Even as God said, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

(WEB)

WEB refers the quote to the following:

  • Leviticus 26:12: I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.
  • Jeremiah 32:38: They will be my people, and I will be their God.
  • Ezekiel 37:27: My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.

I like from “For you are a temple …” onwards, but I don’t like the preceding, and I have to say I disagree with Paul’s interpretation of scripture interpret the scripture differently to Paul. Surely the point of the scripture is that God is going among precisely those people who have strayed, who worship idols (e.g. Ezekiel 37:23); going among them to bring them back.

Paul is saying “don’t be led” perhaps, but otherwise his teaching jars with what I understand of the Gospels certainly, and much of what I’m reading in the Old Testament.

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