1 This will be a the third time I am coming to you. b "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established." 1 2 c I have told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time, and now being absent 2 I write to those d who have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again e I will not spare - 3 since you seek a proof of Christ f speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty g in you. 4 h For though He was crucified in weakness, yet i He lives by the power of God. For j we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, k that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you 3 are l disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. 7 Now 4 I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though m we may seem disqualified. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad n when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, o that you may be made complete. 10 p Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the q authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.