19 [a]Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in [b]Christ. But we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

20 [c]For I fear lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I would: and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: and lest there be strife, envying, wrath, contentions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, and discord.

21 I fear lest when I come again, my God abase me among you, and I shall bewail many of them which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and wantonness which they have committed.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 12:19 He concludeth, that he writeth not these things unto them, as though he needed to defend himself, for he is guilty of nothing: but because it is behoovable for them to doubt nothing of his fidelity who instructed them.
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:19 As it becometh him to speak truly and sincerely, that professeth himself to be in Christ, that is to say, to be a Christian.
  3. 2 Corinthians 12:20 Having confirmed his authority unto them, he rebuketh them sharply, and threateneth them also like an Apostle, showing that he will not spare them hereafter, unless they repent, seeing that this is the third time that he hath warned them.

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