2 Corinthians 13:1-10 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This is the third time I am coming to you. Any charge must be sustained by the evidence of 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 warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again I will not spare them-- 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 desire proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in 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 For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we shall live with him by the power of God. 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 holding to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? --unless indeed you fail to meet 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 you will find out that we have not failed. 6 And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
7 But we pray God that you may not do wrong--not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may 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 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. What we pray for is your improvement. 9 We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection.
10 I write this while I am away from you, in order that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority which the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down. 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.