2 Corinthians 13

Final Warnings and Exhortations

1 This is the third time I am coming to you. a Every fact must be established by the testimony
Lit mouth
of two or three witnesses.
c , d
2I gave a warning when I was present the second time, and now I give a warning e while I am absent to those who sinned before and to all the rest: If I come again, I will not be lenient, 3 since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me. f He is not weak toward you, but powerful among you. 4In fact, He was crucified g in weakness, but He lives h by God’s power. For we also are weak in Him, i yet toward you we will live j with Him by God’s power.

5 Test k yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless you fail the test.
Or you are disqualified, or you are counterfeit
6 And I hope you will recognize that we do not fail the test. 7 Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong – not that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right m even though we may appear to fail. 8 For we are not able to do anything against the truth n but only for the truth. 9In fact, we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. o We also pray that you become fully mature.
Or become complete, or be restored
10This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up q and not for tearing down. r

11 Finally
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind t be at peace u and the God of love v and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. w All the
saint(s)/sanctification/sanctify/sanctified: The work of the Holy Spirit that separates believers in Jesus from the world; at the time of saving faith in Jesus, the believer is made a saint; therefore, all believers are saints. The believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
saints greet you.

13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love y of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
Some translations divide these 2 vv. into 3 vv. so that v. 13 begins with All the saints . . . and v. 14 begins with The grace of . . .
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