2 Corinthians 13:7-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
Paul Prefers Gentleness
7 Now [a]I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable, though we may seem disqualified. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
ΠΡΟΣ ΚΟΡΙΝΘΙΟΥΣ Β΄ 13:7-10 1894 Scrivener New Testament (TR1894)
7 ευχομαι δε προς τον θεον μη ποιησαι υμας κακον μηδεν ουχ ινα ημεις δοκιμοι φανωμεν αλλ ινα υμεις το καλον ποιητε ημεις δε ως αδοκιμοι ωμεν
8 ου γαρ δυναμεθα τι κατα της αληθειας αλλ υπερ της αληθειας
9 χαιρομεν γαρ οταν ημεις ασθενωμεν υμεις δε δυνατοι ητε τουτο δε και ευχομεθα την υμων καταρτισιν
10 δια τουτο ταυτα απων γραφω ινα παρων μη αποτομως χρησωμαι κατα την εξουσιαν ην εδωκεν μοι ο κυριος εις οικοδομην και ουκ εις καθαιρεσιν
2 Corinthians 13:7-10 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
7 and I pray before God that ye do no evil, not that we may appear approved, but that ye may do that which is right, and we may be as disapproved;
8 for we are not able to do anything against the truth, but for the truth;
9 for we rejoice when we may be infirm, and ye may be powerful; and this also we pray for -- your perfection!
10 because of this, these things -- being absent -- I write, that being present, I may not treat [any] sharply, according to the authority that the Lord did give me for building up, and not for casting down.
2 Corinthians 13:7-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may [a]appear unapproved. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, [b]that you be made complete. 10 For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.