2 Corinthians 13:1
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New International Version
This will be my third visit to you. "Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses."

New Living Translation
This is the third time I am coming to visit you (and as the Scriptures say, "The facts of every case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses").

English Standard Version
This is the third time I am coming to you. Every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

New American Standard Bible
This is the third time I am coming to you. EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES.

King James Bible
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

International Standard Version
This will be the third time I am coming to you. "Every accusation must be verified by two or three witnesses."

NET Bible
This is the third time I am coming to visit you. By the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter will be established.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
This is the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the third time that I'll be visiting you. Every accusation must be verified by two or three witnesses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
This third time I am coming unto you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

King James 2000 Bible
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

American King James Version
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

American Standard Version
This is the third time I am coming to you. At the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every word established.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold, this is the third time I am coming to you: In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand.

Darby Bible Translation
This third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every matter be established.

English Revised Version
This is the third time I am coming to you. At the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every word be established.

Webster's Bible Translation
This is the third time I am coming to you: By the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Weymouth New Testament
This intended visit of mine is my third visit to you. "On the evidence of two or three witnesses every charge shall be sustained."

World English Bible
This is the third time I am coming to you. "At the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."

Young's Literal Translation
This third time do I come unto you; on the mouth of two witnesses or three shall every saying be established;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-6 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. Christ at his crucifixion, appeared as only a weak and helpless man, but his resurrection and life showed his Divine power. So the apostles, how mean and contemptible soever they appeared to the world, yet, as instruments, they manifested the power of God. Let them prove their tempers, conduct, and experience, as gold is assayed or proved by the touchstone. If 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, not disowned by Christ. They ought to know if Christ Jesus was in them, by the influences, graces, and indwelling of his Spirit, by his kingdom set up in their hearts. Let us question our own souls; either we are true Christians, or we are deceivers. Unless Christ be in us by his Spirit, and power of his love, our faith is dead, and we are yet disapproved by our Judge.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - This is the third time I am coming to you. I have thrice formed the intention, though the second time I had to forego my plan (2 Corinthians 1:15-17). In the mouth of two or three witnesses. The quotation is from Deuteronomy 19:15. It has been explained as a reference to examinations which he intended to hold on his arrival at Corinth. It is much more probable that St. Paul is representing his separate visits as separate attestations to the truths which he preaches.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

This is the third time I am coming to you,.... Or "am ready to come to you", as the Alexandrian copy reads, as in 2 Corinthians 12:14. Though he had been as yet but once at Corinth, and is to be reckoned and accounted for, either after this manner; he had been "once" with them when he first preached the Gospel to them, and was the means of their conversion, and laid, the foundation of their church state, of which there is some account in Acts 18:1 he came to them a "second" time, by writing his first epistle, when he desired to be considered by them, as though he was present with them, 1 Corinthians 5:3 and now a "third" time by this second epistle, in which he also speaks as if he was among them, see the following verse; or else in this way, he had been actually in person with them one time, and had been about to come in purpose and preparation a "second" time, but was prevented, and now was just ready a "third" time to set forward in his journey to them; see 2 Corinthians 12:14 and so the Syriac version reads it here, "this is the third time that I am ready to come to you", and which our version also favours. The Alexandrian copy and some others, the Complutension edition, the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions, read, "behold, this third time", &c. in order to raise and fix their attention to what he was saying, or about to say:

in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established; referring to Deuteronomy 19:15 which he applies much in the same manner Christ does in Matthew 18:16 and which it is probable he had in view; signifying hereby, that he proceeded in a judicial way, according to due form of law, and in such a manner as Christ had directed; and that they were to look upon his several comings in the sense now explained, to be as so many witnesses, whereby the several charges exhibited against them were fully attested and confirmed, so that things were now ripe for judgment, and for a final sentence to pass upon them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 13

2Co 13:1-14. He Threatens a Severe Proof of His Apostolic Authority, but Prefers They Would Spare Him the Necessity for It.

1. 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 Ac 18:1; 20:2.

In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established—Quoted from De 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 (2Co 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.

2 Corinthians 13:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Examine Yourselves
1This is the third time I am coming to you. EVERY FACT IS TO BE CONFIRMED BY THE TESTIMONY OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES. 2I have previously said when present the second time, and though now absent I say in advance to those who have sinned in the past and to all the rest as well, that if I come again I will not spare anyone,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:6
On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.

Deuteronomy 19:15
One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

Matthew 18:16
But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'

2 Corinthians 12:14
Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
Treasury of Scripture

This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

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2 Corinthians 12:14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not …

In.

Numbers 35:30 Whoever kills any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the …

Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that …

Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or …

1 Kings 21:10,13 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against …

Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more…

Matthew 26:60,61 But found none: yes, though many false witnesses came, yet found …

John 8:17,18 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true…

Hebrews 10:28,29 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses…

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