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This third time I am coming to you.
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every matter be established.
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I have declared beforehand, and I say beforehand as present the second time, and now absent, to those that have sinned before, and to all the rest, that if I come again I will not spare.
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Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, (who is not weak towards you, but is powerful among you,
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for if indeed he has been crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power;
for indeed *we* are weak in him, but we shall live with him by God's power towards you,)
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examine your own selves if ye be in the faith;
prove your own selves: do ye not recognise yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you, unless indeed ye be reprobates?
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Now I hope that ye will know that *we* are not reprobates.
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But we pray to God that ye may do nothing evil;
not that *we* may appear approved, but that *ye* may do what is right, and *we* be as reprobates.
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For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.
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For we rejoice when *we* may be weak and *ye* may be powerful.
But this also we pray for, your perfecting.
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On this account I write these things being absent, that being present I may not use severity according to the authority which the Lord has given me for building up, and not for overthrowing.
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For the rest, brethren, rejoice;
be perfected;
be encouraged;
be of one mind;
be at peace;
and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
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Salute one another with a holy kiss.
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All the saints salute you.
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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, [be] with you all.