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2 Corinthians 13:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— This is the third time I am coming to you. At the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every word established.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you: By the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— This third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every matter be established.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— This third time, am I coming unto you:—at the mouth of two witnesses, or three, shall every matter be established.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— This third time do I come unto you; on the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every saying be established;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Behold, this is the third time I am coming to you: In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— This is the third time I am comming to you: in the mouth of two or three witnesses shal euery word be established.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— This is the third time that I prepare to come to you; and in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— This is the third time that I have prepare to come to you; that, by the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word may be established.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
This 5124
{5124} Prime
Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing.
[is] the third y5154
[5154] Standard
From G5140; third; neuter (as noun) a third part, or (as adverb) a (or the) third time, thirdly.
[time] x5154
(5154) Complement
From G5140; third; neuter (as noun) a third part, or (as adverb) a (or the) third time, thirdly.
I am coming 2064
{2064} Prime
Middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred [middle voice] word, ἐλεύθομαι [[eleuthomai]], {el-yoo'-thom-ahee}; or [active] ἔλθω [[eltho]], {el'-tho}; which do not otherwise occur); to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
to 4314
{4314} Prime
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
you. 5209
{5209} Prime
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
In 1909
{1909} Prime
A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
the mouth 4750
{4750} Prime
Probably stregthened from a presumed derivative of the base of G5114; the mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication language (and its relations); figuratively an opening (in the earth); specifically the front or edge (of a weapon).
of two 1417
{1417} Prime
A primary numeral; 'two'.
or 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
three 5140
{5140} Prime
A primary (plural) number; 'three'.
witnesses 3144
{3144} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a witness (literally [judicially] or figuratively [generally]); by analogy a 'martyr'.
shall y2476
[2476] Standard
A prolonged form of a primary word στάω [[stao]], {stah'-o} (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively).
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
every 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
word 4487
{4487} Prime
From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever.
be established. 2476
{2476} Prime
A prolonged form of a primary word στάω [[stao]], {stah'-o} (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively).
<5701> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 251
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 13:1

_ _ 2 Corinthians 13:1-14. He threatens a severe proof of his apostolic authority, but prefers they would spare him the necessity for it.

_ _ This is the third time I am coming to you — not merely preparing to come to you. This proves an intermediate visit between the two recorded in Acts 18:1; Acts 20:2.

_ _ In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established — Quoted from Deuteronomy 19:15, Septuagint. “I will judge not without examination, nor will I abstain from punishing upon due evidence” [Conybeare and Howson]. I will no longer be among you “in all patience” towards offenders (2 Corinthians 12:12). The apostle in this case, where ordinary testimony was to be had, does not look for an immediate revelation, nor does he order the culprits to be cast out of the church before his arrival. Others understand the “two or three witnesses” to mean his two or three visits as establishing either (1) the truth of the facts alleged against the offenders, or (2) the reality of his threats. I prefer the first explanation to either of the two latter.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

2 Corinthians 13:1-6

_ _ In these verses observe,

_ _ I. The apostle threatens to be severe against obstinate sinners when he should come to Corinth, having now sent to them a first and second epistle, with proper admonitions and exhortations, in order to reform what was amiss among them. Concerning this we may notice, 1. The caution with which he proceeded in his censures: he was not hasty in using severity, but gave a first and second admonition. So some understand his words (2 Corinthians 13:1): This is the third time I am coming to you, referring to his first and second epistles, by which he admonished them, as if he were present with them, though in person he was absent, 2 Corinthians 13:2. According to this interpretation, these two epistles are the witnesses he means in the first verse, referring rather to the direction of our Saviour (Matthew 17:16) concerning the manner how Christians should deal with offenders before they proceed to extremity than to the law of Moses (Deuteronomy 17:6; Deuteronomy 19:15) for the behaviour of judges in criminal matters. We should go, or send, to our brother, once and again, to tell him of his fault. Thus the apostle had told these Corinthians before, in his former epistle, and now he tells them, or writes to those who heretofore had sinned, and to all others, giving warning unto all before he came in person the third time, to exercise severity against scandalous offenders. Others think that the apostle had designed and prepared for his journey to Corinth twice already, but was providentially hindered, and now informs them of his intentions a third time to come to them. However this be, it is observable that he kept an account how often he endeavoured, and what pains he took with these Corinthians for their good: and we may be sure that an account is kept in heaven, and we must be reckoned with another day for the helps we have had for our souls, and how we have improved them. 2. The threatening itself: That if (or when) he came again (in person) he would not spare obstinate sinners, and such as were impenitent, in their scandalous enormities. He had told them before, he feared God would humble him among them, because he should find some who had sinned and had not repented; and now he declares he would not spare such, but would inflict church-censures upon them, which are thought to have been accompanied in those early times with visible and extraordinary tokens of divine displeasure. Note, Though it is God's gracious method to bear long with sinners, yet he will not bear always; at length he will come, and will not spare those who remain obstinate and impenitent, notwithstanding all his methods to reclaim and reform them.

_ _ II. The apostle assigns a reason why he would be thus severe, namely, for a proof of Christ's speaking in him, which they sought after, 2 Corinthians 13:3. The evidence of his apostleship was necessary for the credit, confirmation, and success, of the gospel he preached; and therefore such as denied this were justly and severely to be censured. It was the design of the false teachers to make the Corinthians call this matter into question, of which yet they had not weak, but strong and mighty proofs (2 Corinthians 13:3), notwithstanding the mean figure he made in the world and the contempt which by some was cast upon him. Even as Christ himself was crucified through weakness, or appeared in his crucifixion as a weak and contemptible person, but liveth by the power of God, or in his resurrection and life manifests his divine power (2 Corinthians 13:4), so the apostles, how mean and contemptible soever they appeared to the world, did yet, as instruments, manifest the power of God, and particularly the power of his grace, in converting the world to Christianity. And therefore, as a proof to those who among the Corinthians sought a proof of Christ's speaking in the apostle, he puts them upon proving their Christianity (2 Corinthians 13:5): Examine yourselves, etc. Hereby he intimates that, if they could prove their own Christianity, this would be a proof of his apostleship; for if they were in the faith, if Jesus Christ was in them, this was a proof that Christ spoke in him, because it was by his ministry that they did believe. He had been not only an instructor, but a father to them. He had begotten them again by the gospel of Christ. Now it could not be imagined that a divine power should go along with his ministrations if he had not his commission from on high. If therefore they could prove themselves not to be reprobates, not to be rejected of Christ, he trusted they would know that he was not a reprobate (2 Corinthians 13:6), not disowned by Christ. What the apostle here says of the duty of the Corinthians to examine themselves, etc., with the particular view already mentioned, is applicable to the great duty of all who call themselves Christians, to examine themselves concerning their spiritual state. We should examine whether we be in the faith, because it is a matter in which we may be easily deceived, and wherein a deceit is highly dangerous: we are therefore concerned to prove our own selves, to put the question to our own souls, whether Christ be in us, or not; and Christ is in us, except we be reprobates: so that either we are true Christians or we are great cheats; and what a reproachful thing is it for a man not to know himself, not to know his own mind!

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 13:1

I am coming this third time — He had been coming twice before, though he did not actually come.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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2 Corinthians 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.


Numbers 35:30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person [to cause him] to die.
Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
1 Kings 21:10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And [then] carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, [even] against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear [thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Matthew 26:60-61 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, [yet] found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, ... And said, This [fellow] said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.
John 8:17-18 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. ... I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
Hebrews 10:28-29 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: ... Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
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