2 Corinthians 13:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 13:4, NIV: For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God's power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God's power we will live with him in our dealing with you.

2 Corinthians 13:4, ESV: For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

2 Corinthians 13:4, KJV: For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.

2 Corinthians 13:4, NASB: For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God. For we too are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.

2 Corinthians 13:4, NLT: Although he was crucified in weakness, he now lives by the power of God. We, too, are weak, just as Christ was, but when we deal with you we will be alive with him and will have God's power.

2 Corinthians 13:4, CSB: For he was crucified in weakness, but he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by God's power.

What does 2 Corinthians 13:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

One accusation the false apostles made against Paul is that he seems weak in person (2 Corinthians 10:10). They seem to think an apostle of Christ ought to present himself in a dramatic, forceful, spectacular way. This was probably the style used by the false apostles.

Paul is now warning the believers in Corinth that when he comes to visit them again, anyone who remains in unrepentant sin will not be spared from judgment by Christ. He adds here that Christ, too, was weak when He was crucified for sin. After Christ was raised, however, He clarified His unimaginable power. Paul is saying he may have been weak when he was with them in the past—in a Christlike way—but when he comes to visit them this time it will be to deal with them in the Christlike power of God.

In other words, the Corinthian church should not expect Paul to seem weak or feeble at his next visit. He will be judging them in the name of Christ.