2 Corinthians 13:10
Good News Translation
That is why I write this while I am away from you; it is so that when I arrive I will not have to deal harshly with you in using the authority that the Lord has given me--authority to build you up, not to tear you down.

Contemporary English Version
I am writing these things to you before I arrive. This way I won't have to be hard on you when I use the authority the Lord has given me. I was given this authority, so I could help you and not destroy you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore I write these things, being absent, that, being present, I may not deal more severely, according to the power which the Lord hath given me unto edification and not unto destruction.

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Therefore I write these things, being absent, that, being present, I may not deal more severely, according to the power which the Lord hath given me unto edification and not unto destruction.

I write.

2 Corinthians 2:3 And I wrote this same to you: that I may not, when I come, have sorrow upon sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice: having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

2 Corinthians 10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence wherewith I am thought to be bold, against some who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh.

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 For I fear lest perhaps, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you. . . .

1 Corinthians 4:21 What will you? Shall I come to you with a rod? Or in charity and in the spirit of meekness?

lest.

2 Corinthians 13:2,8 I have told before and foretell, as present and now absent, to them that sinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare. . . .

Titus 1:13 This testimony is true. Wherefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith:

according.

2 Corinthians 10:8 For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed.

Context
Examine Yourselves
9For we rejoice that we are weak and you are strong. This also we pray for, your perfection. 10Therefore I write these things, being absent, that, being present, I may not deal more severely, according to the power which the Lord hath given me unto edification and not unto destruction. 11For the rest, brethren, rejoice, be perfect, take exhortation, be of one mind, have peace. And the God of grace and of love shall be with you.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:21
What will you? Shall I come to you with a rod? Or in charity and in the spirit of meekness?

1 Corinthians 5:4
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus:

2 Corinthians 2:3
And I wrote this same to you: that I may not, when I come, have sorrow upon sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice: having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

2 Corinthians 6:6
In chastity, in knowledge, in longsuffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned,

2 Corinthians 10:2
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence wherewith I am thought to be bold, against some who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh.

2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to God, unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels,

2 Corinthians 10:8
For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed.

2 Corinthians 13:2
I have told before and foretell, as present and now absent, to them that sinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare.

Titus 1:13
This testimony is true. Wherefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith:

Additional Translations
This is why I write these things while absent, so that when I am present I will not need to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.

Therefore I write these things being absent, so that being present I should not treat you with severity according to the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord has given me to edification, and not to destruction.

For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not when present deal sharply, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for casting down.

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.

For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not when present deal sharply, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for casting down.

Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

For this reason I write thus while absent, that when present I may not have to act severely in the exercise of the authority which the Lord has given me for building up, and not for pulling down.

For this cause I write these things while absent, that I may not deal sharply when present, according to the authority which the Lord gave me for building up, and not for tearing down.

because of this, these things -- being absent -- I write, that being present, I may not treat any sharply, according to the authority that the Lord did give me for building up, and not for casting down.
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