1 I am coming this third time to you: by the mouth of two or three witnesses, every matter shall be established.
2 I have told you before, and now forewarn the second time, (as if present, though still absent,) those who have formerly sinned, and all others, that when I come again I will not spare;
3 since you seek a proof of Christ speaking by me: (who is not weak toward you, but who is mighty among you;
4 for though we was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God; and though we also are weak with him, yet we shall live with him, by the power of God toward you.)
5 Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove yourselves: know you not yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are disapproved?
6 But I trust that you shall know that we are not disapproved.
7 However, I pray to God that you do no evil-not that we may appear approved; but that you may do what is good, though, indeed, we should be disapproved.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9 Therefore we rejoice when we are weak, and you are strong: and this, also, we pray for, even your perfection.
10 For this reason, being absent, I write these things, that, when present, I may not act sharply, according to the power which the Lord has give me for edification, and not for destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell: be perfect: comfort yourselves: mind the same thing: live in peace: and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Salute one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints salute you.
14 The favor of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.