2 Corinthians 13 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This is the third time that I'll be visiting you. Every accusation must be verified by two or three witnesses. 1 This will be my third visit to you. "Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses."
2 I already warned you when I was with you the second time, and even though I'm not there now, I'm warning you again. When I visit you again, I won't spare you. That goes for all those who formerly led sinful lives as well as for all the others. 2 I already gave you a warning when I was with you the second time. I now repeat it while absent: On my return I will not spare those who sinned earlier or any of the others,
3 Since you want proof that Christ is speaking through me, that's what you'll get. Christ isn't weak in dealing with you. Instead, he makes his power felt among you. 3 since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.
4 He was weak when he was crucified, but by God's power he lives. We are weak with him, but by God's power we will live for you with his help. 4 For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him to serve you.
5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are still in the Christian faith. Test yourselves! Don't you recognize that you are people in whom Jesus Christ lives? Could it be that you're failing the test? 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test?
6 I hope that you will realize that we haven't failed the test. 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
7 We pray to God that you won't do anything wrong. It's not that we want to prove that we've passed the test. Rather, we want you to do whatever is right, even if we seem to have failed. 7 Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.
8 We can't do anything against the truth but only to help the truth. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
9 We're glad when we are weak and you are strong. We are also praying for your improvement. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection.
10 That's why I'm writing this letter while I'm not with you. When I am with you I don't want to be harsh by using the authority that the Lord gave me. The Lord gave us this authority to help you, not to hurt you. 10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority--the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.
11 With that, brothers and sisters, I must say goodbye. Make sure that you improve. Accept my encouragement. Share the same attitude and live in peace. The God of love and peace will be with you. 11 Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All of God's holy people greet you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 May the Lord Jesus Christ's good will, God's love, and the Holy Spirit's presence be with all of you! 13 All the saints send their greetings.
14 14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.