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2 Corinthians 13 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact must be established by the testimony[fn] of two or three witnesses.

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I gave a warning when I was present the second time, and now I give a warning while I am absent to those who sinned before and to all the rest: If I come again, I will not be lenient,

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since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me. He is not weak toward you, but powerful among you.

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In fact, He was crucified in weakness, but He lives by God’s power. For we also are weak in Him, yet toward you we will live with Him by God’s power.

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Test 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.[fn]

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And I hope you will recognize that we do not fail the test.

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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, even though we may appear to fail.

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In fact, we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature.[fn]

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This 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 and not for tearing down.

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Finally, brothers, rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind, be at peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

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Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.[fn]

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Or you are disqualified, or you are counterfeit
Or become complete, or be restored
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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