I have previouslysaidwhenpresent the secondtime, and though nowabsent I say in advance to those who have 1sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that 2if I comeagain I will not 3spare anyone,
3since you are 4seeking for proof of the 5Christ who speaks in me, and who is not weaktoward you, but 6mighty in you.
For indeed He was 7crucifiedbecause of weakness, yet He lives8because of the power of God. For we also are 9weakain Him, yet10we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.
511Testyourselves to see if you are in the faith; 12examineyourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that JesusChrist is in you-unless indeed you b13fail the test?
But I trust that you will realize that we ourselvescdo not fail the test.
7Now we pray to God that you donowrong; not that we ourselves may appearapproved, but that you may dowhat is right, eventhough we may dappearunapproved.
For we can do nothingagainst the truth, but only for the truth.
For we rejoicewhen we ourselves are 14weak but you are strong; this we alsopray for, ethat you be 15madecomplete.
For thisreason I am writingthesethings while absent, so that when present16I need not use17severity, in accordance with the 18authoritywhich the Lordgave me for building up and not for tearingdown.
1119Finally, brethren, frejoice, g20be madecomplete, be comforted, 21be like-minded, 22live in peace; and 23the God of love and peace will be with you.
1224Greetoneanother with a holykiss.