THE SECOND EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
2 Corinthians 10 ©
1 Paul, upon occasion that some false apostles among the Corinthians said, that his writing was indeed of some worth, but his presence of small esteem. 3 Treats of the apostolic power which God had given him to restrain the disobedient in His congregation. 4 Not by carnal or temporal, but by spiritual weapons, which are powerful thereunto through God. 8 Yet that this power was given him for edification and not for pulling down. 10 Which he not only being absent by letters, but also being present, was ready to show forth against such. 12 That he, being strengthened with this power, had spread the Gospel even unto that place. 15 Not where others had labored before. 16 And that he was resolved to proceed thus, not only among them to strengthen them, but also in the countries lying beyond them. 17 Yet that he says this not to boast of himself, but of the grace of God among them.
NOW I Paul myself 1beseech you by the meekness and 2gentleness of Christ, who in 3presence am 4base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
But I beseech you, that I may 5not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be 6bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according 7to the flesh.
For though we 8walk in the flesh, we do not 9war 10after the flesh:
(Fora the 11weapons of our warfare are not 12carnal, but 13mighty through God tob the pulling down 14of strong holds;)
15Casting down 16imaginations, and every 17high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience 18of Christ;
And having in a readiness 19to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is 20fulfilled.
Do ye look on things after 21the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
For though I should boast somewhat more 22of our authority, which the Lord hath given us forc23edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you 24by letters.
For his letters, 25say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his 26speech contemptible.
Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also 27in deed when we are present.
Ford we dare not make ourselves of the number, or 28compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by 29themselves, and comparing themselves among 30themselves, are not 31wise.
But we will not boast of things 32without our measure, bute according to the measure of the rule 33which God hath distributed to us, a measure 34to reach even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, 35as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:
Not boasting of things 36without our measure, that is, 37of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is 38increased, that we shall be 39enlarged by you 40according to our rule abundantly,
To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast 41in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
Butf he that glorieth, let him glory 42in the Lord.
Forg not he that commendeth himself is approved, but 43whom the Lord commendeth.