New International Reader's Version

2 Corinthians 13

Final Warnings

1This will be my third visit to you. Scripture says, “Every matter must be proved by the words of two or three witnesses.” (Deuteronomy 19:15) I already warned you during my second visit. I now say it again while I’m away. When I return, I won’t spare those who sinned earlier. I won’t spare any of the others either. You are asking me to prove that Christ is speaking through me. He is not weak in dealing with you. He is powerful among you. It is true that Christ was nailed to the cross because he was weak. But Christ lives by God’s power. In the same way, we share his weakness. But by God’s power we will live with Christ as we serve you.

Take a good look at yourselves to see if you are really believers. Test yourselves. Don’t you realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Unless, of course, you fail the test! I hope you will discover that I haven’t failed the test. I pray to God that you won’t do anything wrong. I don’t pray so that people will see that I have passed the test. Instead, I pray this so that you will do what is right, even if it seems I have failed. I can’t do anything to stop the truth. I can only work for the truth. I’m glad when I am weak but you are strong. I pray that there will be no more problems among you. 10 That’s why I write these things before I come to you. Then when I do come, I won’t have to be hard on you when I use my authority. The Lord gave me the authority to build you up. He didn’t give it to me to tear you down.

Final Greetings

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, be joyful! Work to make things right with one another. Help one another and agree with one another. Live in peace. And the God who gives love and peace will be with you.

12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.

13 All God’s people here send their greetings.

14 May the grace shown by the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. May the love that God has given us be with you. And may the sharing of life brought about by the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多後書 13


1這是我第三次要去你們那裡。聖經上說:「任何控告必須有兩三個證人作證才能成立。」 我第二次去探望你們的時候已經警告過了,如今我雖然不在你們那裡,但仍要再次警告那些犯罪的人以及其餘的人:我再來的時候,必不寬容。 既然你們要我證明是基督藉著我說話,那麼你們當知道,基督處理你們這類的事絕不軟弱,祂在你們當中充滿力量。 不錯,祂的軟弱之軀曾被釘在十字架上,但如今祂靠上帝的大能活著。我們也跟祂一樣軟弱,但為了你們,我們要靠上帝的大能和祂一同活著。

你們要自我省察,看看自己是否真正信主,也要察驗自己。除非你們經不起察驗,否則,你們應該知道耶穌基督住在你們裡面。 我希望你們會知道,我們是經得起考驗的。 我們祈求上帝使你們一件惡事都不做,不是為了要顯明我們經得起考驗,而是要你們行事端正,就算我們經不起考驗也無妨。 因為我們不能抵擋真理,只能擁護真理。 只要你們剛強,我們就是軟弱也歡喜。我們為你們祈禱,盼望你們做純全的人。 10 我寫這封信是預先警告你們,免得我到你們當中的時候,必須運用基督給我的權柄嚴厲地對待你們。基督賜給我這權柄是為了造就人,不是毀壞人。


11 最後,弟兄姊妹,我還有幾句話要說:你們要喜樂,追求完善,接受勸勉,同心合意,和睦共處。這樣,仁愛和平的上帝必常與你們同在。

12 你們要以聖潔的吻彼此問候。 13 全體聖徒都問候你們。

14 願主耶穌基督的恩典、上帝的慈愛、聖靈的感動,常與你們眾人同在!