Paul to the Corinthians 2
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy the brother, to the church of God which is in Corinth, with all the saints that are in all Achaia.
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those that are in all affliction through the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God;
5 for as the sufferings of Christ abound toward us, so through Christ our comfort also abounds.
6 But whether we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope of you is firm: or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort and salvation,
7 knowing that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the comfort.
8 For we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction that came upon us in Asia, that we were exceedingly pressed beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;
9 but we ourselves have had in ourselves the sentence of death, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead,
10 who delivered us from so great a death and does deliver, on whom we hope that he will even yet deliver,
11 you also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed on us because of the prayers of many persons, thanks may be given through many on our behalf.
12 For our glorying is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not in carnal wisdom, but in the grace of God, have we conducted ourselves in the world, but more abundantly with you.
13 For we write no other things to you than what you read or even acknowledge; and I hope you will acknowledge even to the end,
14 even as you also acknowledge us in part, that we are your cause of glorying as you also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
15 And in this confidence I intended before to come to you, that you might have a second benefit;
16 and through you to pass into Macedonia, and to come again from Macedonia to you; and by you to be sent forward into Judea.
17 Intending this, then, did I use lightness? Or the things which I intend, do I intend according to the flesh, that there should be with me the yes yes and the no no?
18 But as God is faithful, our word which is toward you is not yes and no.
19 For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you through us-through me, and Silvanus, and Timothy: was not yes and no, but in him was yes.
20 For as many promises of God as there are, in him is the yes, and in him the amen to the glory of God through us.
21 Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us is God,
22 who has also sealed us and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
23 But I call God as a witness against my soul, that, because I would spare you, I came no more to Corinth.
24 Not that we are lords over your faith, but we are helpers of your joy; for by faith you stand.
1 But I determined this for myself, that I would not come to you again in sorrow.
2 For if I give you sorrow, who then is he that gives me joy but he that is made sorrowful by me?
3 And I wrote this very thing, that I might not on coming have sorrow from those from whom I ought to have joy, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all.
4 For out of much affliction and distress of heart I wrote to you through many tears, not that you might be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love that I have more abundantly toward you.
5 But if any one has caused sorrow, he has not made me sorrowful, but in part, that I may not overcharge all of you.
6 Sufficient for such a one is this punishment that was inflicted by the many:
7 so that on the other hand you should rather forgive and comfort that one, lest exceeding sorrow should swallow up such a one.
8 Wherefore I exhort you to confirm to him your love;
9 for to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether you are obedient in all things.
10 Now to whom you forgive anything, I also forgive; for what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, for your sakes I forgive it in the person of Christ,
11 lest Satan should gain an advantage over us; for of his devices we are not ignorant.
12 But when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened to me in the Lord,
13 I had no rest in my spirit because I found not Titus my brother; but taking leave of them I went forth into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the odor of his knowledge through us in every place;
15 for we are to God a sweet odor of Christ in the saved and in the lost:
16 to the one an odor from death to death, to the other an odor from life to life. And for these things, who is sufficient?
17 For we are not as the many that corrupt the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or need we, as some, letters of commendation to you, or of commendation from you?
2 You are our epistle, written in our hearts, known and read by all men:
3 being made manifest that you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. Not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 But such trust have we through Christ toward God.
5 Not that we are sufficient to think anything from ourselves as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God,
6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of letter, but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the spirit makes alive.
7 But if the ministration of death in letters, which was engraved on stones, was made in glory, so that the sons of Israel were not able to look steadfastly upon the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, which glory was to be done away,
8 how shall not the ministration of the spirit be in glory?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation is glory, much more does the ministration of the spirit abound in glory.
10 For that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect because of the excelling glory.
11 For if that which is done away was through glory, much more that which remains is in glory.
12 Having therefore this hope, we use great boldness of speech,
13 and not as Moses put a veil over his face, that the sons of Israel might not look steadfastly to the end of that which was to be done away.
14 But their understandings were hardened. For till this day the same veil in the reading of the old covenant remains, not taken away because in Christ it is done away;
15 but till this day when Moses is read a veil lies over their heart;
16 but when it has turned to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, is freedom.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord the Spirit.
1 Wherefore, having this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not,
2 but have renounced the secret things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor falsifying the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man‘s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel is also veiled, among those that perish it is veiled,
4 among whom the god of this age has darkened the understandings of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine forth.
5 For not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus the Lord, but ourselves your servants for Jesus‘ sake.
6 For the God who said that out of darkness light should shine, he has shined in our hearts for the shining of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be God‘s, and not of us:
8 we are pressed in every way, but not straitened; perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our body.
11 For we that live are always delivered up to death for Jesus‘ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So that death works in us, but life in you.
13 But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written: I believed, therefore I spoke; we also believe, and therefore also speak:
14 knowing that 1 he who raised up the Lord Jesus, will also raise us up with Jesus, and present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the grace that abounds through: the greater number may multiply thanksgiving to the glory of God.
16 Wherefore, we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward is renewed day by day.
17 For the momentary lightness of our affliction works for us exceeding abundantly an eternal weight of glory,
18 while we look not at the things seen, but at the things not seen; for the things seen are temporal, but those not seen are eternal.
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, a building from God have we, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to put on over it our house that is from heaven,
3 since, indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in the tabernacle do groan, being burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed, but clothed upon, that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5 Now he that has wrought us up to this very thing is God, who has also given us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Being confident therefore always, and knowing that being at home in the body we are away from home from the Lord;
7 for by means of faith we walk, not by means of sight:
8 we are confident, I say, and well pleased to be away from home out of the body, and to be at home with the Lord.
9 Wherefore also we make our aim, whether at home or away from home, to be well-pleasing to him.
10 For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body according to what he has done, whether good or evil.
11 Knowing therefore the fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but we have been made manifest to God; and I hope also that we have been made manifest in your consciences.
12 For we do not again commend ourselves to you, but are giving you an occasion for glorying on our behalf, that you may have an answer to those who glory in appearance, and not in heart.
13 For if we have been beside ourselves, it is for God: if we are sober, it is for you.
14 For the love of Christ constrains us,
15 because we thus judged, that if one died for all, then all died; and he died for all that they that live should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and rose for them.
16 So that henceforth we know no one according to the flesh; and even if we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now no longer do we know him.
17 So that if any one is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.
18 And all things are from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 seeing that God was reconciling to himself a world in Christ, not charging to them their offenses, and deposited in us the word of reconciliation.
20 For Christ, then, we act as ambassadors, as if God is beseeching through us: we pray in behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21 Him that knew no sin made he sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.
1 Now working together with him, we also beseech that you receive not the grace of God in vain
2 (for he says: In an acceptable season I heard thee, and in a day of salvation I helped thee: behold, now is a well-accepted season; behold, now is a day of salvation).
3 Giving no occasion for stumbling in any thing that the ministry be not blamed,
4 but as ministers of God commending ourselves in everything; in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in straits,
5 in stripes, in imprisonment‘s, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings,
6 in purity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in love unfeigned,
7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; through the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 through glory and dishonor, through evil and good report: as deceivers and true;
9 as unknown and well known; as dying; and behold, we live; as chastened and not killed;
10 as sorrowing, but always rejoicing; as poor, but making many rich; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
11 Our mouth has been opened to you. Corinthians, our heart has been enlarged;
12 you are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels:
13 now that you may repay me in like manner, I speak as to children, be you also enlarged.
14 Be not yoked with others, unbelievers: for what participation have righteousness and lawlessness? or what communion has light with darkness?
15 and what concord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said: I will dwell in them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be to me a people.
17 Wherefore come out from the midst of them, and be separated, says the Lord, and touch not an unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 and I will be to you a Father, and you shall be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
1 Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Receive us: we wronged no man, we corrupted no man, we defrauded no man.
3 Not with a view to condemnation do I speak; for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die and live with.
4 Great is my boldness toward you, great is my glorying concerning you: I have been filled with comfort, I exceedingly abound in joy in all our affliction.
5 For when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but in every way were we pressed: fightings without, fears within.
6 But God who comforts those that are cast down comforted us in the coming of Titus;
7 and not only in his coming, but also with the comfort with which he was comforted among you, when he told us of your strong desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced the more.
8 For though I made you sorry by means of the letter, I do not regret it: though I did regret it (for I see that that letter made you sorry, though for an hour),
9 now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance; for you sorrowed according to God, that you might receive injury from us in nothing.
10 For sorrow according to God works repentance to salvation not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world works out death.
11 For behold, this very thing that you sorrowed according to God, what diligence it wrought out in you, yes rather, defense, yes rather, indignation, yes rather, fear, yes rather, strong desire, yes rather, zeal, yes rather, infliction of punishment. In every respect you have shown yourselves to be pure in this matter.
12 Therefore, although I wrote to you, I wrote not for his sake who had done the wrong, nor for his sake who had suffered the wrong, but that your zeal for us might be made manifest to you in the sight of God.
13 Therefore we have been comforted. But in addition to our comfort we rejoiced exceedingly more at the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all;
14 for if in anything I boasted of you to him, I was not made ashamed; but as we spoke all things to you in truth, so also our boasting which was before Titus was found to be truth.
15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, while he remembers the obedience of you all. How with fear and trembling you received him.
16 I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.
1 But we make known to you, brethren, the grace of God which has been bestowed among the churches of Macedonia,
2 that in a great trial of affliction the excess of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality;
3 for according to their power, I testify, and beyond their power, being willing of themselves,
4 with much entreaty beseeching of us the favor and the participation in the ministration which is for the saints,
5 and not as we had hoped, but themselves they gave first to the Lord and to us through the will of God,
6 so that we have besought Titus, that as he had before begun, so also he would complete among you this grace.
7 But as you abound in everything, in faith, and speech, and knowledge, and all diligence, and your love to us, see that you abound also in this grace.
8 Not as a commandment do I speak it, but by means of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love;
9 for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich.
10 And I give an opinion in this matter; for this is profitable for you, who began before them not only to do, but also to be willing since last year;
11 but now complete also the doing, that as there was the readiness of willing, so also there may be the completion out of what you have.
12 For if the readiness of mind is present, it is accepted according to what it may have, not according to what it has not.
13 For it is not that there should be ease to others, but burden to you, but by equality: at the present time your abundance may be for their want,
14 that their abundance may be for your want, that there may be equality,
15 as it is written: He that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack.
16 But thanks to God who is putting the same zeal for you into the heart of Titus;
17 for he accepted indeed the exhortation; but being more zealous, he went to you of his own accord.
18 And we sent with him the brother, whose praise in the gospel is through all the churches,
19 and not that only, but who also was chosen by the churches as our fellow-traveler with this grace which is ministered by us with a view to the glory of the Lord himself, and the manifestation of our readiness of mind,
20 avoiding this: that no one should reproach us in this abundance that is ministered by us;
21 for we provide for things honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have in many things and at many times proved to be diligent, but now much more diligent because of the great confidence he has in you.
23 Whether any one inquire of Titus, he is my companion and fellowworkman for you: or if our brethren be inquired of, they are the apostles of churches, the glory of Christ.
24 Therefore, the proof of your love and of our glorying concerning you, to them you will show in the presence of the churches,
1 For indeed concerning the relief which is for the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you;
2 for I know your forwardness, of which I boast concerning you to the Macedonians, that Achaia has been ready since last year, and your zeal has roused the greater number.
3 But have sent the brethren, that our boasting concerning you may not be in vain in this respect; that, as I said, you may be ready:
4 lest perhaps if Macedonians come with me, and find you unprepared, we, that we say not you, should be ashamed in this confidence.
5 I thought it necessary therefore to exhort the brethren, that they would go before to you, and make up beforehand your blessing that was promised before, that this may be ready as a blessing, and not as covetousness.
6 But as to this, he that sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly, and he that sows with blessings shall also reap with blessings.
7 Let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not from sorrow or from necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make every grace abound to you, that you having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound for every good work;
9 as it is written: He scattered abroad, he gave to the poor, his righteousness remains for ever.
10 But he that supplies seed for the sower, and bread for eating, will supply and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness:
11 being enriched in everything for all liberality, which works out through us thanksgiving to God.
12 Because the administration of this service not only supplies the wants of the saints, but also abounds through many thanksgivings to God:
13 as, through the proof which this ministration gives, they glorify God for the subjection that is caused by your confession in respect to the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of the contribution for them and for all,
14 and by their prayer for you, since they long for you on account of the exceeding grace of God that is in you.
15 Thanks to God for his unspeakable gift.
1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent am bold towards you;
2 but I entreat that I may not when present be bold with that confidence, with which I think to be bold against some who think of us as if we walk according to the flesh.
3 For though walking in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh
4 (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds),
5 casting down reasonings and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and leading captive every thought to the obedience of Christ,
6 and having in readiness to inflict punishment on every failure in obedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do you look on things according to outward appearance? If anyone confides in himself that he is Christ‘s, let him conclude this again of himself, that as he is Christ‘s, so also are we Christ‘s.
8 For even if I should boast somewhat more abundantly of our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification, and not for your destruction, I shall not be made ashamed.
9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by letters, when absent, such are we also in deed, when present.
12 For we dare not number ourselves among or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves; but they, measuring themselves among themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not wise.
13 But we will not boast without measure, but according to the measure of the rule, which God has apportioned to us, a measure to reach even to you.
14 For we do not stretch ourselves too far, as if we do not come to you; for even as far as to you did we come first in the gospel of Christ,
15 not boasting without measure in the labors of others; but having hope, when your faith is increased, to be enlarged among you according to our rule, abundantly,
16 to preach the gospel in regions beyond you, not to boast ourselves in things made ready in another man‘s line.
17 But he that boasts, in the Lord let him boast;
18 for not he that commends himself is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.
1 Would that you could bear with some little of my folly; but indeed you do bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present a chaste virgin to Christ:
3 I fear, however, lest perhaps, as the serpent completely deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if indeed he that comes preaches another Jesus whom we did not preach, or you receive another spirit which you did not receive, or another gospel which you did not accept, you might well bear with him;
5 for I think that I am in nothing inferior to these very great apostles.
6 If, however, I am rude in speech, yet not in knowledge, but in everything we have made it manifest toward you among all.
7 Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God without charge?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages to do you service; and when present with you, though in want, I was a burden to no one;
9 for my want the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied; and in everything I have kept myself from being burdensome to you, and will keep myself.
10 The truth of Christ is in me, that this boasting shall not be stopped in my case in the regions of Achaia.
11 Why? Because I love you not? God knows.
12 But what I do, I will also do, that I may cut off occasion from them that desire the occasion, that in what they boast they may be found even as we.
13 For such as they are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder; for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
15 No great thing, then, if his ministers also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness: whose end shall be according to their works.
16 I say again, let no one think that I am foolish; but if otherwise at least as foolish receive me, that I also may boast myself some little.
17 What I say, I say not according to the Lord, but as in folly, in this confidence of boasting.
18 Since many boast according to the flesh I also will boast.
19 For you bear with the foolish with pleasure, since you are wise;
20 for you bear with it if any one brings you into bond age, if any one devours you, if an one seizes upon you, if any on exalts himself, if any one smite you on the face.
21 To my reproach I say it, that we were weak but in whatever any one is bold, in folly I say it. I also am bold.
22 Are they Hebrews? I also. Are they Israelites? I also. Are they the posterity of Abraham? I also.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? Speak as if beside myself, I more-in labors more abundant, in stripe above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often;
24 of the Jews five times received forty stripes save one,
25 three times was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, three times have I beer shipwrecked, a night and a day; spent I in the deep:
26 in journeying; often, in dangers of rivers, in dangers of robbers, in dangers from my countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the desert, in danger; in the sea, in dangers among false brethren,
27 in labor and toil, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
28 Apart from things besides these, that which presses upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is ensnared, and I burn not?
30 If I must boast, of the things that concern my infirmities will I boast.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus, who is blessed throughout the ages, knows that I lie not.
32 In Damascus, the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, that he might apprehend me;
33 and through a window, I was let down in a basket, through the wall, and escaped his hands.
1 To boast surely profits me not; for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I know a man in Christ, fourteen; years ago, whether in the body I know not, or out of the body I know not, God knows, such a one was caught away even to the third heaven.
3 And I know such a man, whether in the body or apart from the body I know not, God knows;
4 that he was caught away into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for man to utter.
5 Concerning such a one I will boast, but concerning myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.
6 For though I should desire to boast, I shall not be foolish, for I will speak the truth; but I forbear, lest any one should think with regard to me above what he sees me, or hears anything from me.
7 And, lest I might be exalted above measure through the exceeding greatness of the revelations, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a message of Satan that he might buffet me, that I might not be exalted above measure.
8 Concerning this, three times did I beseech the Lord that it might depart from me.
9 And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for my power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly; then will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may abide upon me.
10 Wherefore I am well pleased in infirmities, in outrages, in necessities, in persecutions. in straits, for Christ‘s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.
11 I have become foolish: you have compelled me. For I ought to be commended by you; for in nothing was I inferior to these very great apostles, though I am nothing.
12 The signs indeed of the apostle were wrought out among you in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
13 For what is that in which you were inferior to the other churches, except that I did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong.
14 Behold, I am ready, to come to you the third time, and I will not be a burden to you; for I seek not yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up treasure for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls, though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.
16 But be it so, I did not become a burden to you; but, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
17 Did I make gain of you by any one of those that I sent to you?
18 I besought Titus, and with him sent the brother. Did Titus make gain of you? Walked we not in the same spirit? not in the same steps?
19 For a long time you are thinking that to you we are making a defense. In the presence of God in Christ do we speak; but all things, beloved, for your edification.
20 For I fear lest perhaps on coming I shall find you not such as I wish, and I shall be found to you as you do not wish; lest perhaps there be contentions, envyings, wraths, factions, evil-speakings, whisperings, high-mindedness, tumults:
21 lest when I come again my God will humble me with respect to you, and I shall bewail many of them that have sinned before, and have not repented because of the uncleanness, and lewdness, and wantonness which they have committed.
1 This third time am I am coming to you: in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
2 I have said before, and I foretell, as when present the second time, also now in my absence, to those who have sinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again. I will not spare.
3 Since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who toward you is not weak, but is mighty in you;
4 for though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God; for we are weak in him, but we shall live with him through the power of God toward you.
5 Try yourselves, whether you are in the faith, prove yourselves: or do you not know yourselves, that Christ Jesus is in you? unless you are disapproved.
6 But I hope that you shall know that we are not disapproved.
7 But we pray to God that you may do no evil, not that we may appear approved, but that you may do what is excellent, though we be as disapproved.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9 For we rejoice when we are weak, and you are strong: this also we pray for, your perfect union.
10 For this reason I write these things while absent, that I may not, when present, use severity, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for edification, and not for destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, rejoice; be perfectly united, be comforted, be of the same mind, live in peace, and the God of love and of 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.