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   The Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians
[1]    THIS is the third time I am coming to you. At the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every word be established.
[2]  I have said beforehand, 1 and I do say beforehand 2 as 3 when I was present the second time, so now, being absent, to them that have sinned heretofore, and to all the rest, that, if I come again, I will not spare;
[3]  seeing that ye seek a proof of Christ that speaketh in me; who to you-ward is not weak, but is powerful in you:
[4]  for he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth through the power of God. For we also are weak in 4 him, but we shall live with him through the power of God toward you.
[5]  Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves. Or know ye not as to your own selves, that Jesus Christ is in you? unless indeed ye be reprobate.
[6]  But I hope that ye shall know that we are not reprobate.
[7]  Now we pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we may appear approved, but that ye may do that which is honorable, though 5 we be as reprobate.
[8]  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
[9]  For we rejoice, when we are weak, and ye are strong: this we also pray for, even your perfecting.
[10]  For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not when present deal sharply, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for casting down.
[11]    Finally, brethren, farewell. 6 Be perfected; be comforted; be of the same mind; live in peace: and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
[12]  Salute one another with a holy kiss.
[13]    All the saints salute you.
[14]    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
Note 1. Or, plainly. Comp. 1 Thess. 3. 4. [back]
Note 2. Or, plainly. Comp. 1 Thess. 3. 4. [back]
Note 3. Or, as if I were present the second time, even though I am now absent. [back]
Note 4. Many ancient authorities read with. [back]
Note 5. Gr. and that. [back]
Note 6. Or, rejoice: be perfected. [back]


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