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13 This is the third time I am coming to you. s Every fact must be established by the testimony t of two or three witnesses. u v 2 I gave a warning when I was present the second time, and now I give a warning w while I am absent to those who sinned before and to all the rest: If I come again, I will not be lenient, 3 since you seek proof of Christ speaking in me. x He is not weak toward you, but powerful among you. 4 In fact, He was crucified y in weakness, but He lives z by God’s power. For we also are weak in Him, a yet toward you we will live b with Him by God’s power.
5 Test c 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. d 6 And I hope you will recognize that we do not fail the test. 7 Now 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, e even though we may appear to fail. 8 For we are not able to do anything against the truth, f but only for the truth. 9 In fact, we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. g We also pray that you become fully mature. h 10 This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up i and not for tearing down. j
11 Finally, * brothers, rejoice. Become mature, be encouraged, be of the same mind, k be at peace, l and the God of love m and peace will be with you. 12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. n All the * saints greet you.
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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.
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Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.