2 Corinthians 12:19-13:10New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
19 Have you been thinking all along that we are defending[a] ourselves before you? In the sight of God we are speaking in Christ, and all for building you up, beloved. 20 For I fear that[b] when I come I may find you not such as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish; that there may be rivalry, jealousy, fury, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder. 21 I fear that when I come again[c] my God may humiliate me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, immorality, and licentiousness they practiced.
1 This third time I am coming[d] to you. “On the testimony of two or three witnesses a fact shall be established.” 2 I warned those who sinned earlier[e] 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 be lenient, 3 [f]since you are looking for proof of Christ speaking in me. He is not weak toward you but powerful in you. 4 For indeed he was crucified out of weakness, but he lives by the power of God. So also we are weak in him, but toward you we shall live with him by the power of God.
5 [g]Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, of course, you fail the test. 6 I hope you will discover that we have not failed. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do evil, not that we may appear to have passed the test but that you may do what is right, even though we may seem to have failed. 8 For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9 For we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong. What we pray for is your improvement.
10 [h]I am writing this while I am away, so that when I come I may not have to be severe in virtue of the authority that the Lord has given me to build up and not to tear down.