The dichotomy (2 Cor. 6:14)

“Do not be mismatched

With unbelievers.

What partnership

Is there between

Righteousness

And iniquity?

Or what fellowship

Is there between

Light

And darkness?”

Μὴ γίνεσθε ἑτεροζυγοῦντες ἀπίστοις· τίς γὰρ μετοχὴ δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ ἀνομίᾳ, ἢ τίς κοινωνία φωτὶ πρὸς σκότος;

Paul told the Corinthians to not be mismatched (Μὴ γίνεσθε ἑτεροζυγοῦντες) with unbelievers (ἀπίστοις).  He asked what partnership (τίς γὰρ μετοχὴ) is there between righteousness (δικαιοσύνῃ) and iniquity (καὶ ἀνομίᾳ)?  What fellowship is there (ἢ τίς κοινωνία) between light (φωτὶ) and darkness (πρὸς σκότος)?  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἑτεροζυγοῦντες, that means to be yoked up differently or to be unequally yoked, and the word μετοχὴ, that means sharing, partnership, or fellowship.  Paul referenced here Deuteronomy, chapter 22:10, about not yoking up oxen with donkeys.  “You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.”  Keep things separate, including your work animals also.  Thus, there should not be mingling between the believers and unbelievers.  There should not be any partnerships with the righteous and the unrighteous wicked ones.  Once again, Paul asked an ironic question.  What was the fellowship between light and darkness?  They should keep away from dangerous relationships.  Somethings are just not compatible.  Righteousness and light were not compatible with iniquity and darkness.  Do you have strange partnerships with people who do not believe like you do?