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Final Warnings to the Church at Corinth
1 This is the third time I am coming to you. By the testimony#Literally “from the mouth” of two or three witnesses every word#Or “matter” will be established. 2I have already said when I was present the second time, and although I#*Here “although” is supplied as a component of the participle (“am absent”) which is understood as concessive am absent now I also say in advance to those who sinned previously and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare anyone, 3since you are demanding proof that Christ, who is not weak toward you, but is powerful among you, is speaking in me. 4For indeed, he was crucified because of weakness, but he lives because of the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we will live together with him because of the power of God toward you.
5Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize regarding yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are unqualified? 6And I hope that you will recognize that we are not unqualified! 7Now we pray to God that you not do wrong in any way, not that we are seen as approved, but that you do what is good, even though we are seen as though unqualified. 8For we are not able to do anything against the truth, but rather only for the truth. 9For we rejoice whenever we are weak, but you are strong, and we pray for this: your maturity. 10Because of this, I am writing these things although I#*Here “although” is supplied as a component of the participle (“am absent”) which is understood as concessive am absent, in order that when I#*Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“am present”) which is understood as temporal am present I may not have to act severely according to the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
Final Greetings and Benediction
11Finally, brothers, rejoice, be restored, be encouraged, be in agreement#Literally “think the same thing”, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. 13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
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