The Second Letter from Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians


Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and brother Timothy, to the community of God which is at Corinth, along with all the holy people who are in all of Achaia: 2 grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed is God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4 consoling us in all our sufferings, so that we might be able to console those who are in whatever suffering, by the consolation with which God consoles us. 5 For thus abound the sufferings of Christ in us, that also our own consolation may abound through Christ. 6 But whether we shall suffer for your consolation or salvation, which work in the endurance of the same suffering which we also suffer, 7 whether we receive consolation for your consolation or salvation, our hope itself is firm for you, knowing as we do, that just as you are partakers of the suffering, so shall you be also of the consolation. 8 For we do not want you unaware, brothers, of our suffering which happened in Asia, that we were weighed down beyond measure, such that we even feared for our lives. 9 Yes, we have taken upon ourselves the sentence of death, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God, who brings the dead to live, 10 who saved us from such a death, and saves us still, on whom we have fixed our hope that he will continue to save us— 11 you also likewise helping us by your own requests for us, that for the gift which we gathered from many people, thanks may be given by many for us. 12 For our glorying is this, the witness of our conscience, that with the simplicity and sincerity of God, not fleshly knowledge, but by the grace of God, we carried ourselves in the world, but the more abundantly toward you. 13 For we write to you no other thing than you have already read, or that you have acknowledged. 14 But I hope that you will continue to acknowledge until the end, as you somewhat have acknowledged us, that we are your glory, as you are also of us, in the day of the Lord Jesus.

15 And in this confidence I wanted to come to you beforehand, that you might have a second benefit, 16 and then pass by you into Macedonia, and then come back to you from Macedonia, and then you would send me on my way into Judaea. 17 Therefore when I mulled over these things in my mind, was I in any way fickle? Or anything I think up, do I do it according to the flesh, that toward me what is “yes” may be “yes” and what is “no” “no”? 18 But God is faithful that our word toward you was not “yes” and “no”. 19 For the son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we were proclaiming among you, was not “yes” and “no”; but through him he was “yes”. 20 For as numerous as the promises of God are, by him they are “yes”, and by him “Amen”, to the glory of God through us.

21 Now the one who confirms us together with you in Christ, and who has anointed us, is God, 22 who has also sealed us up, and given and given the deposit of the spirit in our hearts. 23 But I call upon God as a witness in my soul, that to spare you, I did not come to Corinth, 24 not that we lord it over you in the name, but are helpers of your joy. For in faith you stand firm.


But I determined this with myself, not to come to you again in sorrow. 2 For if I were to make you feel sorrow, then who would be making me happy, except for the one whom I make sorrowful? 3 But I wrote you this itself, lest, when I came to you, I would be receiving sorrow from those from whom I ought to be receiving joy, having this confidence toward you, that my joy may be that of you all. 4 For from much suffering and anxiety of heart I wrote to you through many tears, not that you should feel sorrowful, but that you should know the love which I have abundantly toward you. 5 But if anyone has caused sorrow it is not me he has caused sorrow, but—lest I push too hard—somewhat to all of you. 6 To such a person this punishment suffices, which is done by the many, 7 such that on the contrary you people ought better to forgive and comfort him, lest somehow he be swallowed up by his much sorrowing. 8 Therefore I beg you, to confirm your love to him. 9 For I have also written to this end, that I might know your proof, if you are obedient in all things. 10 But to whom you forgive anything, I myself forgive as well; for if I myself shall forgive something, whatever I shall have forgiven, I shall have forgiven for your sakes in the sight of Christ, 11 lest Satan take advantage from it; for we are not unaware of his musings.

12 Now, when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ, and a door was opened to me for the Lord, 13 I had no rest in my spirit, not finding my brother Titus; but I said good-bye to them, and left for Macedonia. 14 But thanks to God, who always triumphs for us in Christ Jesus, and reveals the scent of his knowledge through us in every place; 15 for we are the good fragrance of Christ to God, in those who are becoming saved, and in those who are perishing; 16 to this one the scent of death to death, but to this one the scent of life to life. And who is sufficient to these things? 17 For we are not like the many, trafficking in the word of God; but as from sincerity, but as from God, in the sight of God, through Christ we speak.


Are we starting to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of commendation to you, or from you? 2 You are our letter, written upon our hearts, which will be understood and read by all mankind, 3 declaring that you are a letter of Christ, ministered by us, written down not with ink, but the spirit of the living God; not upon tablets of stone, but upon tablets of fleshly hearts. 4 But such a confidence we have through Christ toward God; 5 not that we should be enough by ourselves to think through anything as of ourselves, but if we should be enough for anything, it is of God; 6 who has made us enough as ministers of the new testament, not of writing, but of the spirit. For the written word brings about death, but the spirit brings about life. 7 But if the administration of death in writing, chiseled in stone, came in glory, such that the sons of Israel could not fix their eyes upon the face of Moses because of its glory, which would be done away with, 8 why would not the administration of the spirit be all the more in glory? 9 For if the administration of condemnation is glory, much more does the administration of righteousness excel in glory. 10 For indeed it shall not have been glorified which is glorified in this part, because of the eminent glory. 11 For if that which shall be done away with was in glory, much greater is that which remains, in glory. 12 Therefore having such a hope, we spoke quite freely; 13 and not like how Moses put a veil upon his face, lest the sons of Israel fix their gaze on his face, which would be done away with. 14 But their senses were blinded. For until this very day, the same veil has remained upon the reading of the old testament, the veil not being lifted, that by Christ has been done away with. 15 But to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is placed upon their heart. 16 But whenever they shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. 17 But the Lord is spirit, and where there is the spirit of the Lord, there is freedom. 18 But we all, with face unveiled, gazing upon the glory of the Lord in a mirror, shall be transformed by the same image from one glory to another, as from the spirit of the Lord.


Therefore, having as we do the ministry, as we have received mercy we do not faint, 2 but rather we have rejected the hidden things of shame, not walking through cleverness, nor handling the word of God with guile, but in the revelation of the truth commending ourselves toward every person’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in those who will perish, 4 in whom the “god” of this age has blinded the senses of the unbelieving, lest the light of the gospel, the glory of Christ—who is the image of God—shine upon them. 5 For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Christ Jesus our Lord; and we are your servants because of Jesus. 6 For it is God who said, “Out of the darkness light shall shine,” which shone in our hearts, to the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in clay jars, that the eminence of power may be of God, and not from us. 8 For in all things we are pressed down, but not made anxious; we toil, but are not destituted; 9 we suffer harassment, but are not forsaken; we are dejected, but do not perish, 10 carrying always in our body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that also the life of Jesus may be revealed in our body. 11 For always those of us who live are handed over to death because of Jesus, that also the life of Jesus may be revealed in our mortal flesh. 12 So therefore, death works in us, but life in you. 13 But having as we do the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, I believed, and therefore I have spoken; and we believe, and therefore we speak, 14 knowing that the one who raised up the Lord Jesus, will raise us up as well through Jesus, and present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sake, that the benefit, which is multiplied by the many giving thanks, may abound in the glory of God. 16 Therefore, we do not faint; but though our outward person shall be corrupted, still our inward person shall be renewed day by day. 17 For our momentary lightness of affliction bears us above measure an eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at those things which can be seen, but at those things which cannot be seen. For those things which can be seen are temporary, but those things which cannot be seen are eternal.


For we know that if our earthly home of our dwelling shall be destroyed, we have a building from God, a home not made by hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, longing to be clothed in our home which is from heaven, 3 if so be it that being clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 But then, we who are in this dwelling, groan under the weight of our burden, because of which we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, that that which is mortal may be swallowed up into life.

5 Now the one who has readied us for this is God, who has also given us the guarantee of the spirit. 6 Therefore we always are of good cheer, and know that, being at home in the body, we are distant from the Lord— 7 for it is by faith, not by sight, that we walk— 8 but we have faith, and are willing all the more, to be distant from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 This is why we contend, whether at home or abroad, to be pleasing to him. 10 For we all must be revealed before the judgment seat of Christ, that each and every one may receive in body according to what he has done, good or bad.

11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, persuade people, but we are revealed to God. And I hope that we too are revealed in your consciences. 12 For we do not commend ourselves yet again to you; but we give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that you may have something against those who glory on the surface, and not in the heart. 13 For if we are insane, we are insane in God; if we are sane, we are sane in you. 14 For the love of Christ constrains us, because we judge that since one died for all of us, all of us have died, 15 and it is Christ who has died for all, so that those who live no longer live to themselves, but to the one who died for us, and came back from the dead. 16 Therefore we no longer know anyone according to the flesh, although indeed if we have known Christ according to the flesh, we now no longer know him in such a way. 17 As a consequence, if anyone is a new creation in Christ, the old things have passed on, behold, all things are made new. 18 And all things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave us the gift of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing to them their sins, but placing in us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore we are a delegation in the name of Christ: as if God were beseeching you through us, we beseech by Christ that you may be reconciled to God; 21 for the one who did not know sin made himself sin for us, so that the righteous of God may be affected in us through him.


And helping him, we beg you not to receive the grace of God emptily. 2 For he said,
In an acceptable time I listened to you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.
Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 May we cause no one to stumble, lest our ministry be blamed, 4 but in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God, in much patience, in suffering, in need, in distress, 5 in plagues, in jails, in seditions, in toils, in vigils, in fasts and hunger strikes, 6 in purity, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in kindness, in the holy spirit, in love unfaked, 7 in the word of truth, in the power of God, through the armament of righteousness right and left, 8 through glory and ignominy, through infamy and praise, as imposters and yet true, as unknown and yet known; 9 as dying, and behold, we live; as rebuked, but not murdered; 10 as sorrowing, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. 11 Our mouth is open toward you of Corinth; our heart is open. 12 You are not pained toward us; but you are pained in your guts, 13 but for a like repayment—I speak as to children—open yourselves up too. 14 Do not be joined with those who do not believe. For what fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness, or what communion light with darkness? 15 Or what concord Christ with Belial? Or what part the faithful with the unfaithful? 16 Or what agreement 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 a God to them,
and they will be my people.
17 Therefore, depart from their midst,
and separate from them—says the Lord—
and that which is unclean do not touch;
18 and I shall take you in
and be like a father to you,
and you will be
like sons and daughters to me—says the Lord almighty.


Therefore, having these promises, most beloved, let us clean ourselves of every impurity of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness with the fear of God.

2 Receive us; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. 3 I do not say this to your condemnation; as I have already said before, that you are in our hearts for dying together and living together. 4 Much is my confidence toward you, much my glorying of you; I am filled with comfort, I exude strongly with joy in all our suffering.

5 For also when we arrived in Macedonia, our flesh had no rest; but in all things we were afflicted—fighting outside, fears inside. 6 But God, who comforts the holy, comforted us with the arrival of Titus, 7 and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort which he himself received from you, when he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me; such that I rejoiced all the more. 8 For even though I made you sorrowful by letter, I do not repent. Were I to have repented, since I do see that that very letter made you sorrowful, if but for a short time, I now rejoice; 9 not because you were made sorrowful, but that being made sorrowful, you had a change of heart. For you were not made sorrowful according to God, such that in nothing you may suffer loss through us. 10 For that sorrow which is according to God is repentance toward salvation, not to be repented of; against that of the world, which brings death. 11 For behold, this thing itself, which sorrowed you according to God, so much in you it bore you caring, such satisfaction, such indignation, such fear, such desire, such vengeance; indeed in everything you have commended yourselves, that you are pure in the matter.

12 So though I wrote to you, I did not do so because of the one who harmed, nor the one who was harmed; but that your concern for us be revealed toward you in the sight of God. 13 Therefore we took comfort in your comfort; yes, all the more we rejoiced for the joy of Titus, that his spirit was refreshed by all of you, 14 for if in anything I have gloried toward him with regard to you, I was not ashamed; but as we spoke all things to you with truth, so also our glorying, which I made toward Titus, is made true, 15 and his gut is all the more abundantly affected toward you, while he recalls the obedience of all of you, how you took him in with fear and trembling. 16 I rejoice that in all things I have trust in you.


Now I want to make you more certain, brothers, of the grace of God, which was given in the churches of Macedonia, 2 how by much proof of suffering their joy abounded, and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their simplicity. 3 For according to their power—I witness—and indeed beyond their power, they were ready, 4 praying and begging us to take the gift and fellowship of the ministry in the holy, 5 and not as we have hoped, but first they gave their own selves to the Lord, and also to us by the will of God, 6 such that we exhorted Titus, that as before he had begun, he should also complete this gift toward you. 7 But as you abound in everything in faith, and word, and knowledge, and all diligence, and in that love which is of you toward us, do such that also in this your gift may abound. 8 I do not speak according to command, but through caring toward others, also proving the sincerity of your love. 9 For you know the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ, that because of you he became poor, though he had been rich, such that in his poverty you might become rich.

10 And I give this advice, for this is conducive to you; who indeed started not only doing, but wanting to do, the year prior. 11 But now finish what you have begun, so that as when the will was ready, such also you may perfect, as far as you can. 12 For also if first there shall come a readiness of mind, it is acceptable according to that which one possesses, not according to that which one does not possess. 13 For it shall not be a rest to others and distress to you; but as from equitability, 14 your abundance at the present time helping their lack, and their abundance helping your lack, that there may be made an equitability, as it is written, 15

The one who had much did not have an excess,
and the one who had little was not lacking.

16 But thanks to God, who gave the same concern for you into the heart of Titus, 17 who received the exhortation, but, being as diligent as he was, he came to you of his own accord. 18 But we sent another brother with him, whose praise is in the gospel through all the communities; 19 not only that, but also he is chosen by the communities as our fellow-traveler with this gift which has been given to us to the same glory of the Lord, and the readiness of your mind; 20 declining this lest anyone blame us in this bounty which is given us, 21 procuring honest things, not only before the Lord, but also before people. 22 And we sent a brother of ours whom we have proven often in many things diligent; but now all the more diligent, because of the much confidence that I have toward you, 23 if anyone asks about Titus, who is my partner and helper toward you, or if anyone else who are our brothers who are our brothers and delegates of the communities, the glory of Christ. 24 Therefore demonstrate the evidence of your love, and our glorying in you, in the sight of the communities.


For regarding the service which has been done toward the holy, it would be wasteful for me to write you. 2 For I know the readiness of your mind, of which I boast to the Macedonians. For Achaia has been ready this last year, and your example has incited many of them. 3 I did, however, send brothers, lest our glory with which we glory or you be made empty in this regard, but that as I have said before, you may be prepared, 4 lest in any regard when Macedonians come with me and stumble at your unpreparedness, we (not to say “you”) be filled with shame in this matter of boasting. 5 So I deemed it necessary to ask the brothers to come to you first to prepare beforehand the good offering which you have promised, that it might be ready like a good offering, and not something like pulling teeth.

6 For I say this, that whoever sows sparingly reaps sparingly, and whoever sows freely and generously will reap bountifully; 7 each according to the intent of his own heart, not as if doing so were a bother, or a requirement. For God loves a cheerful giver, 8 and God is able to effect that all bounty may abound in you, that in all things at all times you may have all sufficiency and that you may abound in every good work, 9 as it is written, He has scattered forth, he has given to the poor; his righteousness remains for an age of ages. 10 Now the one who provides the seed to the sower also shall supply bread to eat, and multiply your seed, and will augment the produce of your righteousness, 11 that you may be enriched in all things, in all simplicity, which is effected through us, that we may give thanks to God. 12 For the function of his ministry does not merely supply that which falls to the holy, but furthermore it abounds in those by whom thanks are given to God, 13 who, by the proving which his ministry is, they glorify God upon your consent to obedience of the gospel of Christ, and from the simplicity of your communication both to them and to everyone, 14 and as well in their prayers for you, who desire after you because of the eminent grace of God in you, 15 for which indescribable gift, be there thanks to God.


Now I, Paul, beseech you myself, by the kindness and gentleness of Christ, I who before your face am humble among you, but bold toward you when not in your presence. 2 But I ask you, so as not to show boldness with the confidence that I deem myself to be bold to those who deem us to be walking according to flesh, 3 for we are walking in flesh, but we are not battling in fleshly ways. 4 For our military armaments are not fleshly, but the power of God to the demolition of munitions, 5 whose counsel shall be destroyed, and every highness which raises itself up against the knowledge of God; and we shall lead captive every thought to the obedience of Christ, 6 and be ready for vengeance against all the infidels, when your own faithfulness shall be complete. 7 Do you see those things which are in your sight? If anyone has faith in his own self that he is Christ’s, may he consider it again with himself, that just as he is Christ’s, we are Christ’s as well. 8 For if I might glory somewhat more of the power we have, which the Lord has given us for building up, not for tearing you down, I shall not be made ashamed, 9 so as not to spook you, so to speak, by letters, 10 for as some of them say, “His letters are heavy and strong, but his presence in body is weak, and his words contemptible.” 11 Let them think it, if they think that way. For what we are in word through letters when we are not present is the same as we are when we are indeed present. 12 For we are not bold to place ourselves or compare ourselves with some of them who commend themselves; but they do not know that they are measuring themselves among themselves, and comparing themselves likewise. 13 But we will not glory beyond our measure; but according to the measure of the rule which God has allotted to us, a measure to reach even as far as you. 14 For we do not reach as far as you; as if stretching ourselves that far; for we have indeed come as far as to you in the gospel of Christ, 15 not glorying beyond measure upon the labors of others; hoping for the future, that your faith increasing in you, it be greatened according to our rule in abundance, 16 so that in those regions which are beyond you, you may preach the gospel, not by the rule of another, and not so as to glory of these things which are made ready beforehand, 17 but may the one who glories glory in the Lord. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.


If you could but bear with me a bit in my foolishness. But in fact, you do. 2 For I am zealous toward you with the zeal of God. For I have joined you to one husband, that you may present yourself to Christ as a pure virgin. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the snake tricked Eve in his craftiness, so also your sense may be corrupted, falling from the simplicity which is in Christ. 4 For if one who is yet to come shall proclaim a different Jesus, a Christ which we have not proclaimed, or if you receive some other spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel you had received, hold out. 5 For I deem that I have done no less than the greater apostles. 6 But though I may be crude in word, I am not so in knowledge; rather, in all things and in all ways we have been revealed to you.

7 Or have I sinned somehow, in bringing myself down so that you might be lifted up in turn? Or perhaps, because I proclaimed the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8 I have taken from other churches, receiving a stipend from them to be of service to you. 9 And when I was in your presence, and lacking, I was a burden to no one, for whatever I was lacking and needed, the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied me; and in all things, I have so kept myself, so as not to be a burden to anyone. I intend so to remain. 10 The truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine shall not be stopped anywhere in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows.

12 But what I do, I will continue to do, so that I may cut off the opportunity of those who desire an opportunity, so that in those things of which they boast, they will be found no different than we are. 13 For false apostles such as these are deceitful workers, haven taken up the persona of an apostle of Christ. 14 And it is no wonder. For even Satan himself would transform himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not a great thing if also his ministers make themselves out to be ministers of righteousness; their end shall be as their deeds have been.

16 I say again, lest any may deem me foolish, if anyone does deem me foolish, receive me, that I too might have a little bit to boast about, 17 such that what I speak, I do not speak according to the Lord, but as in my foolishness, in this substance of glory. 18 For many glory according to the flesh—even I do so. 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being yourselves wise. 20 For you bear with someone who puts you in servitude, or who eats you whole, or who takes you away, or who lifts himself, if he slaps you across the face. 21 I say this according to dishonor, as if we had been weak in this matter, in which if anyone has audacity (I speak in foolishness), I too have audacity. 22 They are Hebrews—so am I; they are Israelites—so am I; they are the seed of Abraham—so am I. 23 They are ministers of Christ (I speak as one without knowledge)—I am even the more so, in labors many, in jails the more, in lashes above the measure, in deaths often. 24 From the Jews, five times I received the forty lashes minus one; 25 thrice I was struck with rods, once pelted with rocks; I faced shipwreck three times, spending a whole night and day in the depths of the sea; 26 in travels often, perils of rivers, perils of thieves, perils of my own people, perils of foreigners, perils in the city, perils in the desert, perils in the sea, perils in false brothers; 27 in labor and pain, in many watchings, in hunger and thirst, in many fasts, in cold and nakedness, 28 beside those things which are on the outside, that which is upon me day by day, worry for all the communities. 29 Who shall be weak, and I not weak? Who shall stumble, and I not burn? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of those things which are my weakness.

31 The God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed to the age, knows that I do not lie. 32 In Damascus the governor of the people under King Aretas watched over the city of the Damascenes so as to seize me; 33 but I was let out through the window in a basket by the wall, and so escaped his hands.


To glory is not expedient to me, but I shall come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ, about forty years ago—whether in body I do not know, whether out of body I do not know, God knows—such a man seized up as far as the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man—whether in the body, whether out of the body, I do not know, God knows— 4 who was seized into paradise; and I heard arcane words, which it is not permitted for mere mortals to speak. 5 Upon such a person as this I will boast; but for me, I will boast of nothing, except in my weaknesses. 6 For if I should want to boast, I will not be foolish, for I speak the truth. But I will withhold, lest some deem me above that which he sees in me, or hears from me. 7 And lest the excellence of the revelation carry me too far, there was given to me by a messenger of Satan a pricking sensation in my flesh, which beat me around. 8 Because of this I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me, 9 but he only said to me, “My grace is all you need, for my power will be perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will most gladly boast of my weakness, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in my weakness, in reproaches, in necessities, in harassments, in distresses for Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 11 I am made foolish; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I less than the greatest of the apostles, though I am nothing. 12 But the signs of my apostleship were done upon you in all patience, in signs, wonders and powers. 13 For what is it that has made you less than the other churches, except that I have not weighed you down? (Forgive me this injury.)

14 Behold, a third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be a load upon you. For I do not want what is yours, but you. For the children should not save up for their parents, but the parents the children. 15 But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls; if I love you all the more, am I loved less? 16 But so be it; I was not a load to you, but being sly, I caught you by deceit. 17 Did I go around you by any of them that I sent you? 18 I besought Titus, and sent a brother with him. Did Titus go around you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?

19 Do you think we were excusing ourselves toward you this whole time? I speak in Christ in the presence of God. But all things, most beloved, are to build you up. 20 For I fear lest perhaps when I shall come, I shall find you not as I would like; and you shall find me as you would not like; lest contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, backstabbings, whisperings, swellings, seditions be among you; 21 lest when I come again, God shame me toward you, and I should mourn for those who had sinned before, and not changed themselves from their uncleanness, their fornication, and their waywardness which they have committed.


Behold, a third time I come to you; in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall stand. 2 I have foretold, and I foretell, as one present and now absent, to those who sinned before, and to all the others, that if I shall come again, I will not hold back. 3 Or do you seek a formal proof of Christ himself, who speaks in me, and who is not weak but strong in you? 4 For though he was crucified from his weakness, still he lives from the power of God. For also we ourselves are weak in him; but we live with him out of the power of God in us. 5 Test yourselves as to if you are in the faith; examine yourselves. Or do you not yourselves know that Christ Jesus is in you?—lest perhaps, you are reprobate. 6 And I hope that you know that we are not reprobate. 7 But we pray God that you do no evil, not so as to appear proven, but that you do that which is good, reprobate though we may be. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we rejoice that we are weak, but you are strong. And this we pray for—your being completed. 10 For this reason I, though absent, write these things, so that, not being present, I may work firmly according to the power which the Lord has given me, for the building up, not for the tearing down.

11 As for the rest, my brothers, rejoice, be perfect, be comforted, be of one mind, have peace, and may the God of peace and love be with you. 12 Greet each other with a holy kiss. The holy ones greet you. 13 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the holy spirit be with all of you. Amen.

The second to the Corinthians. Written from Philippi of Macedonia by Titus and Lucas.