1This is the third time that I’m coming to visit you. Every matter is settled on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 2When I was with you on my second visit, I already warned those who continued to sin. Now I’m repeating that warning to all the rest of you while I’m at a safe distance: if I come again, I won’t spare anyone. 3Since you are demanding proof that Christ speaks through me, Christ isn’t weak in dealing with you but shows his power among you. 4Certainly he was crucified because of weakness, but he lives by the power of God. Certainly we also are weak in him, but we will live together with him, because of God’s power that is directed toward you.
5Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Don’t you understand that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless, of course, you fail the test. 6But I hope that you will realize that we don’t fail the test. 7We pray to God that you don’t do anything wrong, not because we want to appear to pass the test but so that you might do the right thing, even if we appear to fail.
8We can’t do anything against the truth but only to help the truth. 9We are happy when we are weak but you are strong. We pray for this: that you will be made complete. 10This is why I’m writing these things while I’m away. I’m writing so that I won’t need to act harshly when I’m with you by using the authority that the Lord gave me. He gave it to me so that I could build you up, not tear you down.
Final greeting
11Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12Say hello to each other with a holy kiss.#2 Cor 13:12-13 is in some versions equivalent to 13:12-14. All of God’s people say hello to you.
13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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