2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 10 ©

1 Paul entreateth the Corinthians not to leave him cause to exert against them that spiritual power, with which he was armed, and meant to chastise those, who undervalued his person and apostolical character. 12 He pointeth out the difference between those, who for want of looking beyond themselves were arrogant and vain, intruding into, and taking merit from, the labours of others, and himself, who kept strictly within the province allotted him by God, and avoiding self-commendation, sought honour from the commendation of Christ.


NOW I Paul myself beseech you aby the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who b1in presence am *base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:


But I beseech you, that cI may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I 2think to be bold against dsome, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.


For ethough we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:


f(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty 3through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)


gCasting down 4imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and hbringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;


iAnd having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when jyour obedience is fulfilled.


kDo ye look on things after the outward appearance? lIf 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 mthough I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:


That I may not seem nas if I would terrify you by letters.


For his letters, 5say they, are weighty and powerful; but ohis bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.


Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters pwhen we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.


For qwe dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but rthey measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, 6are snot wise.

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But twe will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the 7rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.


uFor we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for vwe are come as far as to you also in preaching the wgospel of Christ:


xNot boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be 8enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,


yTo preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's 9line of things made ready to our hand.


zBut he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.


aFor not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.