This third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every matter a be established.
I have declared beforehand, and I say beforehand as present the second time, and now absent, to those that have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare.
Since ye seek a proof of Christ b speaking in me, (who is not weak towards you, but is powerful among you,
for if indeed he has been crucified in weakness, yet he lives by c God's power; for indeed *we* are weak in him, but we shall live with him by God's power towards you,)
examine your own selves if ye be in the faith; prove your own selves: do ye not recognise yourselves, d that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed ye be reprobates?
Now I hope that ye will know that *we* are not reprobates.
But we pray to God that ye may do nothing evil; not that *we* may appear approved, but that *ye* may do what is right, and *we* be as reprobates.
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
For we rejoice when *we* may be weak and *ye* may be powerful. But this also we pray for, your perfecting.
On this account I write these things being absent, that being present I may not use severity according to the authority e which the Lord has given me for building up, and not for overthrowing. f11
For the rest, brethren, rejoice; g be perfected; h be encouraged; be of one mind; be at peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Salute one another with a holy kiss.
All the saints salute you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion i of the Holy Spirit, [be] with you all.