1: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of
God, and Timothy our brother. To the church of God which is at Corinth, with all
the saints who are in the whole of Acha'ia:
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
4: who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be
able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we
ourselves are comforted by God.
5: For as we share abundantly in
Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
6: If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if
we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you
patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
7: Our hope for
you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also
share in our comfort.
8: For we do not want you to be ignorant,
brethren, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly,
unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself.
9: Why, we felt
that we had received the sentence of death; but that was to make us rely not on
ourselves but on God who raises the dead;
10: he delivered us from so
deadly a peril, and he will deliver us; on him we have set our hope that he will
deliver us again.
11: You also must help us by prayer, so that many
will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us in answer to many
12: For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience
that we have behaved in the world, and still more toward you, with holiness and
godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God.
For we write you nothing but what you can read and understand; I hope you will
14: as you have understood in part, that you can be
proud of us as we can be of you, on the day of the Lord Jesus.
Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might
have a double pleasure;
16: I wanted to visit you on my way to
Macedo'nia, and to come back to you from Macedo'nia and have you send me on my
way to Judea.
17: Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I
make my plans like a worldly man, ready to say Yes and No at once?
18: As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes
19: For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we preached among
you, Silva'nus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No; but in him it is always
20: For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is
why we utter the Amen through him, to the glory of God.
21: But it is
God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us;
22: he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts
as a guarantee.
23: But I call God to witness against me -- it was to
spare you that I refrained from coming to Corinth.
24: Not that we
lord it over your faith; we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in
1: For I made up my mind not to make you another
2: For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me
glad but the one whom I have pained?
3: And I wrote as I did, so that
when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice,
for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all.
4: For I wrote you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and
with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love
that I have for you.
5: But if any one has caused pain, he has caused
it not to me, but in some measure -- not to put it too severely -- to you all.
6: For such a one this punishment by the majority is enough;
7: so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be
overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
8: So I beg you to reaffirm your
love for him.
9: For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and
know whether you are obedient in everything.
10: Any one whom you
forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has
been for your sake in the presence of Christ,
11: to keep Satan from
gaining the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
12: When I came to Tro'as to preach the gospel of Christ, a door was
opened for me in the Lord;
13: but my mind could not rest because I
did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to
14: But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us
in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him
15: For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who
are being saved and among those who are perishing,
16: to one a
fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who
is sufficient for these things?
17: For we are not, like so many,
peddlers of God's word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the
sight of God we speak in Christ.
1: Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or
do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you?
2: You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on your
hearts, to be known and read by all men;
3: and you show that you are
a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit
of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
4: Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.
5: Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming
from us; our competence is from God,
6: who has made us competent to
be ministers of a new covenant, not in a written code but in the Spirit; for the
written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7: Now if the
dispensation of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such splendor that
the Israelites could not look at Moses' face because of its brightness, fading
as this was,
8: will not the dispensation of the Spirit be attended
with greater splendor?
9: For if there was splendor in the
dispensation of condemnation, the dispensation of righteousness must far exceed
it in splendor.
10: Indeed, in this case, what once had splendor has
come to have no splendor at all, because of the splendor that surpasses it.
11: For if what faded away came with splendor, what is permanent must
have much more splendor.
12: Since we have such a hope, we are very
13: not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the
Israelites might not see the end of the fading splendor.
their minds were hardened; for to this day, when they read the old covenant,
that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.
15: Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their
16: but when a man turns to the Lord the veil is removed.
17: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.
18: And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the
glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory
to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
1: Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of
God, we do not lose heart.
2: We have renounced disgraceful,
underhanded ways; we refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word,
but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to every man's
conscience in the sight of God.
3: And even if our gospel is veiled,
it is veiled only to those who are perishing.
4: In their case the
god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from
seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of
5: For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as
Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
6: For it is
the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the
transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.
8: We are afflicted
in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
9: persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
10: always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life
of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
11: For while we live
we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus
may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12: So death is at work in us,
but life in you.
13: Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had
who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak,
14: knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with
Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.
15: For it is all for
your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase
thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16: So we do not lose heart.
Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every
17: For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an
eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
18: because we look
not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the
things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
1: For we know that if the earthly tent we live in
is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal
in the heavens.
2: Here indeed we groan, and long to put on our
3: so that by putting it on we may not be found
4: For while we are still in this tent, we sigh with anxiety;
not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that
what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
5: He who has prepared us
for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
6: So we are always of good courage; we know that while we are at
home in the body we are away from the Lord,
7: for we walk by faith,
not by sight.
8: We are of good courage, and we would rather be away
from the body and at home with the Lord.
9: So whether we are at home
or away, we make it our aim to please him.
10: For we must all appear
before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil,
according to what he has done in the body.
11: Therefore, knowing the
fear of the Lord, we persuade men; but what we are is known to God, and I hope
it is known also to your conscience.
12: We are not commending
ourselves to you again but giving you cause to be proud of us, so that you may
be able to answer those who pride themselves on a man's position and not on his
13: For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are
in our right mind, it is for you.
14: For the love of Christ controls
us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.
15: And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for
themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though
we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no
17: Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.
18: All this is
from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry
19: that is, in Christ God was reconciling the
world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to
us the message of reconciliation.
20: So we are ambassadors for
Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be
reconciled to God.
21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no
sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1: Working together with him, then, we entreat you
not to accept the grace of God in vain.
2: For he says, "At the
acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation."
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
3: We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found
with our ministry,
4: but as servants of God we commend ourselves in
every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
5: beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger;
6: by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit,
7: truthful speech, and the power of God; with the
weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;
honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors,
and yet are true;
9: as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and
behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed;
10: as sorrowful,
yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet
11: Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our
heart is wide.
12: You are not restricted by us, but you are
restricted in your own affections.
13: In return -- I speak as to
children -- widen your hearts also.
14: Do not be mismated with
unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what
fellowship has light with darkness?
15: What accord has Christ with
Be'lial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the
living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people.
17: Therefore come out from
them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then
I will welcome you,
18: and I will be a father to you, and you shall
be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
1: Since we have these promises, beloved, let us
cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness
perfect in the fear of God.
2: Open your hearts to us; we have
wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.
3: I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are
in our hearts, to die together and to live together.
4: I have great
confidence in you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. With all
our affliction, I am overjoyed.
5: For even when we came into
Macedo'nia, our bodies had no rest but we were afflicted at every turn --
fighting without and fear within.
6: But God, who comforts the
downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,
7: and not only by his
coming but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, as he told us
of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more.
8: For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it
(though I did regret it), for I see that that letter grieved you, though only
for a while.
9: As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved,
but because you were grieved into repenting; for you felt a godly grief, so that
you suffered no loss through us.
10: For godly grief produces a
repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief
11: For see what earnestness this godly grief has
produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what
alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved
yourselves guiltless in the matter.
12: So although I wrote to you,
it was not on account of the one who did the wrong, nor on account of the one
who suffered the wrong, but in order that your zeal for us might be revealed to
you in the sight of God.
13: Therefore we are comforted. And besides
our own comfort we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his mind has
been set at rest by you all.
14: For if I have expressed to him some
pride in you, I was not put to shame; but just as everything we said to you was
true, so our boasting before Titus has proved true.
15: And his heart
goes out all the more to you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, and the
fear and trembling with which you received him.
16: I rejoice,
because I have perfect confidence in you.
1: We want you to know, brethren, about the grace
of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedo'nia,
2: for in
a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty
have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part.
3: For they
gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of
their own free will,
4: begging us earnestly for the favor of taking
part in the relief of the saints --
5: and this, not as we expected,
but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
6: Accordingly we have urged Titus that as he had already made a
beginning, he should also complete among you this gracious work.
Now as you excel in everything -- in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all
earnestness, and in your love for us -- see that you excel in this gracious work
8: I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness
of others that your love also is genuine.
9: For you know the grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became
poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
10: And in this
matter I give my advice: it is best for you now to complete what a year ago you
began not only to do but to desire,
11: so that your readiness in
desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have.
12: For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what
a man has, not according to what he has not.
13: I do not mean that
others should be eased and you burdened,
14: but that as a matter of
equality your abundance at the present time should supply their want, so that
their abundance may supply your want, that there may be equality.
As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered
little had no lack."
16: But thanks be to God who puts the same
earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.
17: For he not only
accepted our appeal, but being himself very earnest he is going to you of his
18: With him we are sending the brother who is famous
among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel;
19: and not
only that, but he has been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this
gracious work which we are carrying on, for the glory of the Lord and to show
our good will.
20: We intend that no one should blame us about this
liberal gift which we are administering,
21: for we aim at what is
honorable not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of men.
22: And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often
tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever
because of his great confidence in you.
23: As for Titus, he is my
partner and fellow worker in your service; and as for our brethren, they are
messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.
24: So give proof,
before the churches, of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.
1: Now it is superfluous for me to write to you
about the offering for the saints,
2: for I know your readiness, of
which I boast about you to the people of Macedo'nia, saying that Acha'ia has
been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
3: But I am sending the brethren so that our boasting about you may
not prove vain in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be;
4: lest if some Macedo'nians come with me and find that you are not
ready, we be humiliated -- to say nothing of you -- for being so confident.
5: So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren to go on to you
before me, and arrange in advance for this gift you have promised, so that it
may be ready not as an exaction but as a willing gift.
6: The point
is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows
bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7: Each one must do as he has
made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful
8: And God is able to provide you with every blessing in
abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in
abundance for every good work.
9: As it is written, "He scatters
abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever."
10: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply
and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
11: You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which
through us will produce thanksgiving to God;
12: for the rendering of
this service not only supplies the wants of the saints but also overflows in
many thanksgivings to God.
13: Under the test of this service, you
will glorify God by your obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ, and by
the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others;
while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God
15: Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
1: I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and
gentleness of Christ -- I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold to
you when I am away! --
2: I beg of you that when I am present I may
not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against
some who suspect us of acting in worldly fashion.
3: For though we
live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war,
4: for the
weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy
5: We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the
knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
7: Look at what is before your eyes. If any one is confident that he
is Christ's, let him remind himself that as he is Christ's, so are we.
8: For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the
Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I shall not be put to
9: I would not seem to be frightening you with letters.
10: For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily
presence is weak, and his speech of no account."
11: Let such people
understand that what we say by letter when absent, we do when present.
12: Not that we venture to class or compare ourselves with some of
those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another,
and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
13: But we will not boast beyond limit, but will keep to the limits
God has apportioned us, to reach even to you.
14: For we are not
overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you; we were the first to
come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ.
15: We do not
boast beyond limit, in other men's labors; but our hope is that as your faith
increases, our field among you may be greatly enlarged,
16: so that
we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already
done in another's field.
17: "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."
18: For it is not the man who commends himself that is accepted, but
the man whom the Lord commends.
1: I wish you would bear with me in a little
foolishness. Do bear with me!
2: I feel a divine jealousy for you,
for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.
3: But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning,
your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4: For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we
preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if
you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you submit to it
5: I think that I am not in the least inferior to
these superlative apostles.
6: Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I
am not in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.
7: Did I commit a sin in abasing myself so that you might be exalted,
because I preached God's gospel without cost to you?
8: I robbed
other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.
9: And when I was with you and was in want, I did not burden any one,
for my needs were supplied by the brethren who came from Macedo'nia. So I
refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.
10: As the
truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the
regions of Acha'ia.
11: And why? Because I do not love you? God knows
12: And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine
the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they
work on the same terms as we do.
13: For such men are false apostles,
deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
15: So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as
servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
16: I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept
me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.
17: (What I am saying
I say not with the Lord's authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence;
18: since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.)
19: For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!
20: For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you,
or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.
21: To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever
any one dares to boast of -- I am speaking as a fool -- I also dare to boast of
22: Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I.
Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
23: Are they servants of
Christ? I am a better one -- I am talking like a madman -- with far greater
labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.
24: Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty
lashes less one.
25: Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I
was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been
adrift at sea;
26: on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers,
danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in
the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brethren;
27: in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger
and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
28: And, apart
from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the
29: Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall,
and I am not indignant?
30: If I must boast, I will boast of the
things that show my weakness.
31: The God and Father of the Lord
Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie.
Damascus, the governor under King Ar'etas guarded the city of Damascus in order
to seize me,
33: but I was let down in a basket through a window in
the wall, and escaped his hands.
1: I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by
it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.
know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven --
whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.
And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise -- whether in the body or
out of the body I do not know, God knows --
4: and he heard things
that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
5: On behalf of this
man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my
6: Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for
I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think
more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.
7: And to keep me
from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in
the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.
8: Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave
9: but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my
power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my
weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10: For the
sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
11: I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been
commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these superlative apostles,
even though I am nothing.
12: The signs of a true apostle were
performed among you in all patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.
13: For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches,
except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden,
for I seek not what is yours but you; for children ought not to lay up for their
parents, but parents for their children.
15: I will most gladly spend
and be spent for your souls. If I love you the more, am I to be loved the less?
16: But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you
say, and got the better of you by guile.
17: Did I take advantage of
you through any of those whom I sent to you?
18: I urged Titus to go,
and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act
in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?
19: Have you been
thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves before you? It is in
the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your
20: For I fear that perhaps I may come and find
you not what I wish, and that you may find me not what you wish; that perhaps
there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit,
21: I fear that when I come again my God may humble me
before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned before and
have not repented of the impurity, immorality, and licentiousness which they
1: This is the third time I am coming to you. Any
charge must be sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
2: I warned those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn
them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come
again I will not spare them --
3: since you desire proof that Christ
is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you.
4: For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God.
For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we shall live with him by the
power of God.
5: Examine yourselves, to see whether you are holding
to your faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?
-- unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
6: I hope you will find
out that we have not failed.
7: But we pray God that you may not do
wrong -- not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what
is right, though we may seem to have failed.
8: For we cannot do
anything against the truth, but only for the truth.
9: For we are
glad when we are weak and you are strong. What we pray for is your improvement.
10: I write this while I am away from you, in order that when I come
I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority which the Lord has given
me for building up and not for tearing down.
11: Finally, brethren,
farewell. Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.
12: Greet one another
with a holy kiss.
13: All the saints greet you.
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the
Holy Spirit be with you all.