NASB — 2 Corinthians 10 — KJV

Paul Describes Himself

1 Now aI, Paul, myself burge you by the cmeekness and gentleness of Christ—I who dam Imeek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that awhen I am present I [need] not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against bsome, who regard us as if we walked caccording to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war aaccording to the flesh, 4 for the aweapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but Idivinely powerful bfor the destruction of fortresses. 5 [We are] destroying speculations and every alofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and [we are] taking every thought captive to the bobedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever ayour obedience is complete.

[1] ILit lowly aGa 5:2; Ep 3:1; Col 1:23 bRo 12:1 cMt 11:29; 1Co 4:21; Php 4:5 d1Co 2:3f; 2Co 10:10
[2] a1Co 4:21; 2Co 13:2, 10 b1Co 4:18f cRo 8:4; 2Co 1:17
[3] aRo 8:4; 2Co 1:17
[4] IOr mighty before God a1Co 9:7; 2Co 6:7; 1Ti 1:18 bJr 1:10; 2Co 10:8; 13:10
[5] aIs 2:11f b2Co 9:13
[6] a2Co 2:9

7IaYou are looking at IIthings as they are outwardly. bIf anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ’s, cso also are we. 8 For even if aI boast somewhat Ifurther about our bauthority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame, 9 Ifor I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his Ipersonal presence is aunimpressive and bhis speech contemptible.” 11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when absent, such persons [we are] also in deed when present.

[7] IOr Look at... or Do you look at...? IILit what is before your face aJn 7:24; 2Co 5:12 b1Co 1:12; 14:37 c1Co 9:1; 2Co 11:23; Ga 1:12
[8] IOr more abundantly a2Co 7:4 b2Co 13:10
[9] ILit so that I may not seem
[10] ILit bodily presence is weak a1Co 2:3; 2Co 12:7; Ga 4:13f b1Co 1:17; 2Co 11:6

12 ¶ For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with Isome of those who acommend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 13 But we will not boast abeyond [our] measure, but Ibwithin the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for awe were the first to come even as far as you in the bgospel of Christ; 15 not boasting abeyond [our] measure, [that is], in bother men’s labors, but with the hope that as cyour faith grows, we will be, Iwithin our sphere, denlarged even more by you, 16 so as to apreach the gospel even to bthe regions beyond you, [and] not to boast Icin what has been accomplished in the sphere of another. 17 But aHE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD. 18 For it is not he who acommends himself that is approved, but he bwhom the Lord commends.

[12] IOr any a2Co 3:1; 10:18
[13] ILit according to the measure a2Co 10:15 bRo 12:3; 2Co 10:15f
[14] a1Co 3:6 b2Co 2:12
[15] ILit according to our sphere a2Co 10:13 bRo 15:20 c2Th 1:3 dAc 5:13
[16] ILit to the things prepared in the a2Co 11:7 bAc 19:21 cRo 15:20
[17] aJr 9:24; 1Co 1:31
[18] a2Co 10:12 bRo 2:29; 1Co 4:5


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Against the false apostles, who disgraced the weakness of his person and bodily presence, he setteth out the spiritual might and authority, with which he is armed against all adversary powers,

1 ¶ Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence [am] base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2 But I beseech [you], that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

[1] Ps 45:4; Is 42:3; Zc 9:9; Mt 11:29; 12:19; 21:5; Ac 8:32; Ro 10:20; 12:1; 15:15; 1Co 2:3; 4:10; 16:21; 2Co 3:12; 5:20; 6:1; 7:4; 10:2, 7, 10; 11:21, 30; 12:5, 7; 13:2, 4; Ga 4:13; 5:2; Ep 4:1; 2Th 3:17; Phm 1:9; 1P 2:11, 22; Rv 1:9.
[2] Ro 8:1, 5; 1Co 4:19; 2Co 11:9; 12:13, 20; 13:2, 10; Ga 5:16; Ep 2:2.
[3] Ro 8:13; 2Co 10:4; Ga 2:20; 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 2:3; 4:7; He 12:1; 1P 4:1.
[4] Jsh 6:20; Jg 7:13; 15:14; 1S 17:45; Ps 110:2; Is 30:25; 41:14; Jr 1:10; Zc 4:6; Ac 7:22; Ro 6:13; 13:12; 1Co 1:18; 2:5; 2Co 3:5; 4:7; 6:7; 13:3; Ep 6:13; 1Th 5:8; 1Ti 1:18; 2Ti 2:3; He 11:30, 32.
[5] Gn 8:21; Ex 5:2; 9:16; Dt 15:9; 2K 19:22, 28; Jb 40:11; 42:6; Ps 10:4; 18:27, 44; 110:2; 139:2; Pv 15:26; 24:9; Is 2:11, 17; 55:7; 59:7; 60:14; Jr 4:14; Ezk 17:24; Dn 4:37; 5:23; Mt 11:29; 15:19; Lk 1:51; Ac 4:25; 9:4; Ro 1:5, 21; 7:23; 16:26; 1Co 1:19, 27; 3:19; Php 3:4; 2Th 2:4, 8; He 4:12; 5:9; 1P 1:2, 14, 22.
[6] Nu 16:26; Ac 5:3; 13:10; 1Co 4:21; 5:3; 2Co 2:9; 7:15; 13:2, 10; 1Ti 1:20; 3Jn 1:10.

assuring them that at his coming he will be found as mighty in word, as he is now in writing being absent:

7 Do ye look on things after the 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. 8 For though 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: 9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For [his] letters, say they, [are] weighty and powerful; but [his] bodily presence [is] weak, and [his] speech contemptible. 11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such [will we be] also in deed when we are present.

[7] 1S 16:7; Mt 23:5; Lk 16:15; Jn 7:24; Ro 2:28; 1Co 3:23; 9:1; 14:37; 15:23; 2Co 5:12; 10:1; 11:4, 18, 23; 12:11; 13:3; Ga 1:11; 2:5; 3:29; 1Jn 4:6.
[8] 2Co 1:24; 7:14; 12:6; 13:2, 8, 10; Ga 1:1; 2Ti 1:12.
[9] 1Co 4:5, 19; 2Co 10:10.
[10] Ex 4:10; Jr 1:6; 1Co 1:17, 21; 2:1, 3; 2Co 10:1, 11; 11:6; 12:5; Ga 4:13.
[11] 1Co 4:19; 2Co 12:20; 13:2, 10.

and withal taxing them for reaching out themselves beyond their compass, and vaunting themselves into other men's labours.

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 13 But we will not boast of things without [our] measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond [our measure], as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in [preaching] the gospel of Christ: 15 Not 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 enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16 To preach the gospel in the [regions] beyond you, [and] not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

[12] Jb 12:2; Pv 25:27; 26:12; 27:2; Lk 18:11; Ro 15:18; 2Co 3:1; 5:12.
[13] Ps 19:4; Pv 25:14; Is 28:17; Mt 25:15; Ro 10:18; 12:6; 15:20; 1Co 12:11; 2Co 10:14, 15; Ep 4:7; 1P 4:10.
[14] Mk 1:1; Ac 20:24; Ro 1:16; 2:16; 15:18; 16:25; 1Co 2:10; 3:5, 10; 4:15; 9:1; 2Co 3:1; 4:4; Ga 1:6; Col 1:5; 1Ti 1:11.
[15] Ro 15:20; 2Co 10:13.
[16] Ro 15:24; 2Co 10:13.
[17] Ps 105:3; 106:5; Is 41:16; 45:25; 65:16; Jr 4:2; 9:23; Ro 5:11; 1Co 1:29, 31; Ga 6:13; Php 3:3; Jm 1:9.
[18] Pv 21:2; 27:2; Mt 25:20; Lk 16:15; 18:10; Jn 5:42; 12:43; Ac 2:22; Ro 2:29; 14:18; 16:10; 1Co 4:5; 11:19; 2Co 3:1; 5:12; 6:4; 10:12; 13:7; 2Ti 2:15; 1P 1:7.


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