1:1 Paul, an apostle of YASHUWAH the Messiah by the will of Elohim, and Timothy our brother,
To the Assembly of Elohim which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia:
2 Grace to you and peace from Elohim our Father and from the Master YASHUWAH the Messiah.
3 Blessed be Elohim, the Father of our Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, the Father of mercies, and the Elohim of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by Elohim.
5 As the sufferings of the Messiah abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through the Messiah.
6 If we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective in enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 Our hope for you is steadfast, knowing that as you partake in the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our troubles which came to us in Asia. We were pressured beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.
9 We had the sentence of death in ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in Elohim who raises the dead.
10 He delivered us from so great a death and does deliver us. In Him we trust that He will still deliver us,
11 as you help together by praying for us, so that thanks may be given by many on our behalf for the gift bestowed upon us by means of many persons.
12 For our rejoicing is this: The testimony of our conscience is that we conducted ourselves in the world, and more abundantly toward you, in simplicity and Elohimly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of Elohim.
13 For we write nothing else to you than what you read or understand. And I trust you will understand even to the end,
14 as you have understood us in part, that we are yours, boasting even as you are ours on the day of the Master YASHUWAH.
15 In this confidence I planned to come to you before, that you might have a second benefit:
16 to visit you while going to Macedonia, and to come again to you from Macedonia, and then be sent by you on my way to Judea.
17 Therefore, when I was planning this, did I do this lightly? Or the things that I plan, do I plan according to the flesh, so that I would tell you “Yes, yes” and “No, no”?
18 But as Elohim is true, we did not tell you “Yes” and “No.”
19 For the Son of Elohim, YASHUWAH the Messiah, who was preached among you by us, even by Silas, Timothy, and me, was not “Yes” and “No.” In Him it was “Yes.”
20 For all the promises of Elohim in Him are “Yes,” and in Him “Amen,” to the glory of Elohim through us.
21 Now He who establishes us with you in the Messiah and has anointed us is Elohim,
22 who also has sealed us and established the guarantee with the Spirit in our hearts.
23 Moreover I call Elohim as a witness upon my soul, that it is to spare you that I have not yet gone to Corinth.
24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but we are fellow workers for your joy, for by faith you stand.
2:1 But I determined this for myself, that I would not come again to you in sorrow.
2 For if I make you sorrowful, who then will there be to make me rejoice, but the one whom I have made sorrowful?
3 I wrote concerning this matter to you, so that when I came, I would not be grieved by those in whom I ought to rejoice, having confidence in you all, that my joy is your joy.
4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly for you.
5 But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but to some extent all of you, not to put it too severely.
6 This punishment which was inflicted by many on such a man is sufficient.
7 So on the contrary, you ought to forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps he might be swallowed up with excessive sorrow.
8 Therefore I ask you to confirm your love toward him.
9 For to this end I also wrote, so that I might know that you are proving yourselves by whether you are being obedient in all things.
10 Whomever you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if I forgave someone anything, for your sakes I forgave it in the Messiah,
11 lest Satan should take advantage of us. For we are not ignorant of his devices.
12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach the Messiah’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by Sovereign YASHUWAH,
13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother. So taking my leave of them, I went from there into Macedonia.
14 Now thanks be to Elohim who always causes us to triumph in the Messiah and through us reveals the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
15 For we are to Elohim a sweet fragrance of the Messiah among those who are saved and among those who perish.
16 To the one we are the fragrance of death, which brings death, and to the other the fragrance of life, which brings life. Who is sufficient for these things?
17 For we are not as many are who peddle the word of Elohim. Instead, being sent by Elohim, we sincerely speak in the Messiah in the sight of Elohim.
3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 You are our letter written in our hearts, known and read by all men.
3 For you are prominently declared to be the letter of the Messiah, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living Elohim, not on tablets of stone but on human tablets of the heart.
4 We have such trust through the Messiah toward Elohim,
5 not that we are sufficient in ourselves to take credit for anything of ourselves, but our sufficiency is from Elohim,
6 who has made us able ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
7 If the ministry that brought death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, the glory which was to fade away,
8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?
9 For if the ministry of condemnation is glorious, the ministry of righteousness much more exceeds it in glory.
10 Even that which was made glorious had no glory in comparison to the glory that excels.
11 For if that which fades was glorious, that which remains is much more glorious.
12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we speak with great boldness,
13 not as Moses, who put a veil over his face, so that the children of Israel could not look intently at the end of what was fading away.
14 Instead, their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the old covenant, the veil which was done away with in the Messiah.
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, the veil is in their hearts.
16 Nevertheless when anyone turns to the Master, the veil is removed.
17 Now Sovereign YASHUWAH is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Sovereign YASHUWAH is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, seeing the glory of Sovereign YASHUWAH with unveiled faces, as in a glass, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory by the Spirit of Sovereign YASHUWAH.
4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy we have received, we do not lose heart.
2 But we have renounced the secret things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of Elohim deceitfully, but by expressing the truth and commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of Elohim.
3 But if our gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are lost.
4 The elohim of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious gospel of the Messiah, who is the image of Elohim, should shine on them.
5 For we do not preach ourselves, but the Messiah YASHUWAH the Master, and ourselves your servants for YASHUWAH’ sake.
6 For Elohim, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Elohim in the face of YASHUWAH the Messiah.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, the excellency of the power being from Elohim and not from ourselves.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 and always carrying around in the body the death of the Master YASHUWAH, that also the life of YASHUWAH might be expressed in our bodies.
11 For we who live are always delivered to death for YASHUWAH’ sake, that also the life of YASHUWAH might be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So then, death works in us, but life in you.
13 We have the same spirit of faith. As it is written, “I believed, and therefore I have spoken.” So we also believe and therefore speak,
14 knowing that He who raised the Master YASHUWAH will also raise us through YASHUWAH and will present us with you.
15 All these things are for your sakes, so that the abundant grace through the thanksgiving of many might overflow to the glory of Elohim.
16 For this reason we do not lose heart: Even though our outward man is perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 Our light affliction, which lasts but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and everlasting weight of glory,
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are everlasting.
5:1 We know that if our earthly house, this tent, were to be destroyed, we have an everlasting building of Elohim in the heavens, a house not made with hands.
2 In this one we groan, earnestly desiring to be sheltered with our house which is from heaven.
3 Thus being sheltered, we shall not be found unsheltered.
4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we wish to be unclothed, but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal might be swallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has created us for this very thing is Elohim, who also has given to us the guarantee of the Spirit.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from Sovereign YASHUWAH.
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
8 Instead, I say that we are confident and willing to be absent from the body and to be present with Sovereign YASHUWAH.
9 So whether present or absent, we labor that we may be accepted by Him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of the Messiah, that each one may receive his recompense in the body, according to what he has done, whether it was good or bad.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of Sovereign YASHUWAH, we persuade men. But we are revealed to Elohim, and I trust we are also revealed in your consciences.
12 For we are not commending ourselves again to you. Instead, we give you occasion to boast on our behalf, that you may have something to answer those who boast in appearance and not in heart.
13 If we are beside ourselves, it is for Elohim; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
14 For the love of the Messiah constrains us, because we thus judge: that if one died for all, then all have died.
15 And He died for all, that those who live should not from now on live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
16 So from now on we do not regard anyone according to the flesh. Yes, though we have known the Messiah according to the flesh, yet we do not regard Him as such from now on.
17 Therefore, if any man is in the Messiah, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new.
18 All this is from Elohim, who has reconciled us to Himself through YASHUWAH the Messiah and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation,
19 that is, that Elohim was in the Messiah reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their sins against them, and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliation.
20 So we are ambassadors for the Messiah, as though Elohim were pleading through us. We implore you in the Messiah’s stead: Be reconciled to Elohim.
21 Elohim made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of Elohim in Him.
6:1 As workers together with Elohim, we ask you not to receive the grace of Elohim in vain.
2 For He says:
“In an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and in the day of salvation I have helped you.”
Look, now is the accepted time; look, now is the day of salvation.
3 We give no offense in anything, that our service may not be blamed.
4 But in all things we commend ourselves as servants of Elohim: in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distress,
5 in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, and in hunger;
6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by genuine love,
7 by the word of truth, by the power of Elohim, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
8 by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and look, we live; as punished, but not killed;
10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; and as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
11 O Corinthians, we have spoken frankly to you; our heart is opened wide.
12 You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.
13 In return (I speak as to my children) you also be open.
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion has light with darkness?
15 What agreement has the Messiah with Belial? Or what part has he who believes with an unbeliever?
16 What agreement has the temple of Elohim with idols? For you are the temple of the living Elohim. As Elohim has said:
“I will live in them
and walk in them.
I will be their Elohim,
and they shall be My people.”
“Come out from among them
and be separate,
says Sovereign YASHUWAH.
Do not touch what is unclean,
and I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
and you shall be My sons and daughters,
says Sovereign YASHUWAH the Almighty.”
7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Elohim.
2 Accept us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, and we have defrauded no one.
3 I do not say this to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts, so that we would die or live with you.
4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you; great is my boasting of you. I am filled with comfort, and I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
5 For when we came to Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, and we were troubled on every side. On the outside were conflicts; on the inside were fears.
6 Nevertheless Elohim, who comforts the downcast, comforted us through the coming of Titus,
7 and not only by his coming, but also by the comfort with which he was comforted in you, when he told us about your sincere desire, your mourning, and your zeal toward me, so that I rejoiced even more.
8 Though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it. For I perceive that this same letter has caused you sorrow, though only for a while.
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorrowful in a Elohimly way, that you might not suffer loss in any way through us.
10 Godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
11 For observe this very thing, which you sorrowed in a Elohimly way: What carefulness it produced in you, what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what intense desire, what zeal, what avenging of wrong! In all things you have proven yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
12 So though I wrote to you, I did it not because of him who had done the wrong, nor because of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of Elohim might be evident to you.
13 Therefore we were comforted in your comfort.
Yes, and we were exceedingly the more joyful for the sake of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all.
14 So I am not ashamed if I have boasted of anything to him regarding you. But as we spoke all things to you in truth, even our boasting in the presence of Titus is found to be true.
15 Now his affection abounds all the more toward you, as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.
16 Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.
8:1 Moreover, brothers, we want you to experience the grace of Elohim bestowed on the Assemblies of Macedonia,
2 how in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty overflowed toward the riches of their generous giving.
3 For I bear record that according to their means, and beyond their means, they freely gave,
4 begging us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of ministering to the saints.
5 This they did, not as we expected. First, they gave themselves to Sovereign YASHUWAH, and then to us by the will of Elohim.
6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this gracious deed for you.
7 But as you abound in everything ~ in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love to us ~ see that you abound in this grace also.
8 I say this not as a command, but to prove through the authenticity of others, the sincerity also of your love.
9 For you know the grace of our Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that through His poverty you might be rich.
10 And in this matter I give my advice. It is appropriate for you, who began last year not only to give, but also to willingly give.
11 Now therefore complete the task, so that, as there was a willingness to do so, there may be a performance of it according to your means.
12 For if there is a willing mind first, the gift is accepted according to what a man possesses and not according to what he does not possess.
13 I do not mean that other men have relief, and you be burdened,
14 but for equality, that your abundance now at this time may supply their need, and their abundance may supply your need ~ that there may be equality.
15 As it is written, “He who gathered much had no excess. And he who gathered little had no lack.”
16 But thanks be to Elohim, who placed the same sincere care in the heart of Titus for you.
17 For indeed he accepted the exhortation. But being more zealous, he went to you of his own accord.
18 And we have sent with him the brother whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the Assemblies.
19 And not only that, but he was also chosen by the Assemblies to travel with us with this gift, which we administer to the glory of the same Master, and to declare your willing mind,
20 to prevent any man from blaming us in administering this abundant gift,
21 providing for honest things, not only in the sight of
Sovereign YASHUWAH but also in the sight of men.
22 Furthermore, we have sent with them our brother whom we have frequently proved diligent in many things, but now is much more diligent, due to the great confidence which he has in you.
23 If anyone inquires about Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you. Or if our brothers are inquired about, they are the messengers of the Assemblies, and the glory of the Messiah.
24 Therefore show to them, and before the Assemblies, the proof of your love and of our boasting on your behalf.
9:1 It is redundant for me to write to you concerning the ministry to the saints.
2 I know your willingness, for which I boast of you to those in Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago, and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
3 Yet I have sent the brothers, lest our boasting of you might be in vain in this case, that, as I said, you may be ready;
4 and lest if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we (not to mention you) should be ashamed of this confident boasting.
5 Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brothers to go ahead to you and arrange beforehand your bountiful gift you previously promised, that it might be prepared as a gift, not as a matter of greed.
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
7 Let every man give according to the purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or out of necessity, for Elohim loves a cheerful giver.
8 Elohim is able to make all grace abound toward you, so that you, always having enough of everything, may abound to every good work.
9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor;
His righteousness remains forever.”
10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and supplies bread for your food will also multiply your seed sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
11 So you will be enriched in everything to all bountifulness, which makes us give thanks to Elohim.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the need of the saints, but is abundant also through many thanksgivings to Elohim.
13 Meanwhile, through the performance of this ministry, they glorify Elohim for the profession of your faith in the gospel of the Messiah and for your liberal sharing with them and with all others.
14 And in their prayer for you, they long for you because of the surpassing grace of Elohim in you.
15 Thanks be to Elohim for His indescribable gift.
10:1 Now I, Paul, who am lowly in presence among you but bold toward you while absent, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of the Messiah.
2 I beg you that when I am present, I might not have to be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through Elohim to the pulling down of strongholds,
5 casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of the Messiah,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is complete.
7 Do you look at things from the outward appearance? If any man trusts that he is the Messiah’s, let him consider again that, as he is the Messiah’s, even so are we the Messiah’s.
8 For even if I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which Sovereign YASHUWAH has given us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed,
9 lest I appear to frighten you by my letters.
10 “For his letters,” they say, “are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”
11 Let such a person consider this: that as we are in word by letters when we are absent, we will also be in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not count or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. They who measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another are not wise.
13 But we will not boast beyond measure, but within the boundaries which Elohim has appointed us, which reach even you.
14 For we are not overextending ourselves as though we did not reach you, since we have come to you, preaching the gospel of the Messiah.
15 We are not boasting of things beyond our measure in other men’s labors. But we have hope that when your faith is increased, our region shall be greatly enlarged by you,
16 to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you and not to boast in another man’s accomplishments.
17 But, “Let him who boasts, boast in Sovereign YASHUWAH.”
18 For it is not he who commends himself who is approved, but he whom Sovereign YASHUWAH commends.
11:1 I would to Elohim you could bear with me a little in my folly. Indeed, bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with Elohimly jealousy. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to the Messiah.
3 But I fear that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve through his trickery, so your minds might be led astray from the simplicity that is in the Messiah.
4 For if he who comes preaches another YASHUWAH, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might submit to it readily enough.
5 For I think I am not in any way inferior to the most eminent of the apostles.
6 Even though I am unpolished in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. All things about us have been thoroughly revealed to you.
7 Did I commit a sin in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of Elohim free of charge?
8 I robbed other Assemblies by accepting wages from them to serve you.
9 Furthermore, when I was present with you and was lacking, I was a burden to no one. For the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I lacked. In all things I have kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so will I keep myself.
10 As the truth of the Messiah is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
11 Why? Because I do not love you? Elohim knows.
12 And I will continue doing what I am doing, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be found equal to us in what they boast about.
13 For such are false apostles and deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of the Messiah.
14 And no wonder! For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
16 I say again, let no one think that I am a fool. Otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, so that I also may boast a little.
17 What I speak, I speak not according to Sovereign YASHUWAH, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
18 Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.
19 For you tolerate fools gladly, seeing you yourselves are wise.
20 For you permit it if a man brings you into bondage, if a man devours you, if a man takes from you, if a man exalts himself, or if a man strikes you on the face.
21 I say to my reproach that we were too weak for that.
But whenever anyone is bold (I speak foolishly), I am bold also.
22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
23 Are they servants of the Messiah? I speak as a fool. I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
24 Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I suffered shipwreck; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brothers;
27 in weariness and painfulness, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness.
28 Beside the external things, the care of all the Assemblies pressures me daily.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I am not distressed?
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things which concern my weakness.
31 The Elohim and Father of our Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, who is blessed forevermore, knows that I am not lying.
32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas secured the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me.
33 But I was let down by the wall through a window in a basket and escaped his hands.
12:1 Doubtless it is not profitable for me to boast. So I will move on to visions and revelations of Sovereign YASHUWAH.
2 I knew a man in the Messiah over fourteen years ago ~ whether in the body or out of the body I cannot tell, Elohim knows ~ such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew that such a man ~ whether in the body or out of the body I cannot tell, Elohim knows ~
4 was caught up into paradise and heard inexpressible words not permitted for a man to say.
5 Of such a person, I will boast. Yet of myself I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.
6 For if I desire to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But now I resist, lest anyone should think of me above that which he sees me to be or hears from me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me, lest I be exalted above measure.
8 I asked Sovereign YASHUWAH three times that this thing might depart from me.
9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will boast in my weaknesses, that the power of the Messiah may rest upon me.
10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches, in hardships, in persecutions, and in distresses for the Messiah’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have become a fool in boasting. You have compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for I am in no way inferior to the leading apostles, though I am nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were did among you in all patience, in signs and wonders, and mighty deeds.
13 For in what respect were you inferior to other Assemblies, unless it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 I am ready to come to you this third time. And I will not be burdensome to you, for I do not seek what is yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
16 But be that as it may. I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with deceit.
17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you?
18 I urged Titus to go, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
19 Again, do you think that we are defending ourselves to you? We speak before Elohim in the Messiah. We do all things, beloved, for your edifying.
20 For I fear that when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish. I fear there are debates, envying, wrath, strife, backbiting, whispering, arrogance, and disorder.
21 And I fear that when I come again, my Elohim will humble me among you, and that I shall mourn for many who have sinned already, who have not repented of uncleanness, sexual immorality, and lasciviousness which they have committed.
13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.”
2 I told you before, and foretell as if I were present the second time. And being absent now, I write to those who have sinned before, and to all the others, that if I come again, I will not spare anyone,
3 since you seek proof of the Messiah speaking through me, who toward you is not weak, but is mighty in you.
4 For though He was nailed to the torture wooden pole through weakness, yet He lives by the power of Elohim. So also we are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of Elohim serving you.
5 Examine yourselves, seeing whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not know that YASHUWAH the Messiah is in you? ~ unless indeed you are disqualified.
6 I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
7 Now I pray to Elohim that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do that which is honorable, whether or not we may seem disqualified.
8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth.
9 For we are glad when we are weak, and you are strong. We wish even your perfection.
10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should be sharp, according to the authority which Sovereign YASHUWAH has given me for edification and not for destruction.
11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, and live in peace, and the Elohim of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
13 All the saints greet you.
14 The grace of the Master YASHUWAH the Messiah, and the love of Elohim, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.