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2 Corinthians 13 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Weakness and God’s Power

13 This will be my third trip to you. And I will make sure that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter will be confirmed.[a] 2–3 Since you are demanding proof that the Anointed One is speaking through me, I will give you proof by exercising discipline among you. For just as I told you the last time I was there—and now, though absent, I say it again—that when I come I will not go easy on those whom I’ve already warned and those who continue to persist in their sin. Christ is not weak or feeble in his dealings with you but mighty and powerful within you. For although he was crucified as a “weakling,” now he lives robed with God’s power. And we also are “weak ones” in our co-crucifixion with him, but now we live in God’s triumphant power together with him, which is demonstrated on your behalf.

Now your souls will be strengthened and healed if you hold steadfast to your faith.[b] Haven’t you already experienced Jesus Christ himself living in you? If not, you are deficient.[c] I hope you understand that we cannot be devalued.[d] But we pray to God that you will be flawless,[e] not to validate our ministry among you but so that you may continue on the path of righteousness even if we are denigrated.[f] For in reality, the power we have is used in support of the truth, not against it. And we claim before God[g] that you will be fully equipped and mature, for it brings us great joy when you are strong, even if we seem weak and denigrated.

Paul’s Farewell

10 I’m writing my honest feelings to you from afar so that when I arrive I won’t have to correct you by using the authority the Lord has given me, for I want to build you up and not tear you down.

11 Finally, beloved friends,[h] be cheerful! Repair whatever is broken among you, as your hearts are being knit together in perfect unity. Live continually in peace, and God, the source of love and peace, will mingle with you. 12 Greet and embrace one another with the sacred kiss.[i] 13 All of God’s holy people send their greetings.

14 Now, may the grace and joyous favor of the Lord Jesus Christ, the unambiguous love of God, and the precious communion that we share in the Holy Spirit be yours continually. Amen![j]

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 13:1 See Deut. 19:15; Matt. 18:16; 1 Tim. 5:19.
  2. 2 Corinthians 13:5 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “Examine yourselves to see if you are indeed in the faith.”
  3. 2 Corinthians 13:5 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “unless you are disqualified.”
  4. 2 Corinthians 13:6 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “You know that we are not disqualified.”
  5. 2 Corinthians 13:7 See Song. 4:7.
  6. 2 Corinthians 13:7 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “even if we appear as disapproved.”
  7. 2 Corinthians 13:9 The Greek word eukhomai (accusative and infinitive construction) means more than prayer; it is to make a claim before God in prayer. The verb is eukhe, which means a votive obligation and is translated “make a vow” in Acts 18:18.
  8. 2 Corinthians 13:11 Or “brothers (and sisters).”
  9. 2 Corinthians 13:12 What makes a kiss holy or sacred is that it comes from the love of God. See Song. 1:2; Rom. 16:16.
  10. 2 Corinthians 13:14 The Aramaic ends with this concluding statement: “The end of the second letter to the Corinthians that was written from Philippi of Macedonia and sent by the hand of Titus.”
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