Final Warnings and Exhortations
1This is the third time I am coming to you.13:1 2Co 12:14 Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.13:1Dt 17:6; 19:1513:1 Dt 17:6; 19:15
2I gave a warning when I was present the second time, and now I give a warning13:2 Gl 5:21; 1Th 3:4 while I am absent to those who sinned before and to all the rest: If I come again, I will not be lenient,
3since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me.13:3 Mt 10:20; 1Co 5:4 He is not weak in dealing with you, but powerful among you.
5Test13:5 Jms 1:13 yourselves to see if you are in the faith. Examine yourselves. Or do you yourselves not recognize that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless you fail the test.13:5 Or you are disqualified, or you are counterfeit
6And I hope you will recognize that we ourselves do not fail the test.
7But we pray to God that you do nothing wrong — not that we may appear to pass the test, but that you may do what is right,13:7 1Pt 2:12 even though we may appear to fail.
9We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong.13:9 Ac 25:5 We also pray that you become fully mature.13:9 Or become complete, or be restored
11Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice.13:11 Or farewell Become mature, be encouraged,13:11 Or listen to my appeal be of the same mind,13:11 Rm 12:16; Php 1:7 be at peace,13:11 Mk 9:50; Rm 16:20; 2Tm 1:2 and the God of love13:11 1Jn 4:16 and peace will be with you.
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