1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three a shall every word be established.
2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:
3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.
4 For though he was a through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
5 a yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that b c is in you, except ye be reprobates?
6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is a, though we be as reprobates.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
9 For we are glad, when we are a, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.
10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the a which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be a, be of good comfort, be of b c, live in d; and the God of e and peace shall be with you.
12 Greet one another with an holy a.
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 Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
¶The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.