I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold1 as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.23
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.34
The weapons we fight with4 are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power5 to demolish strongholds.65
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,7 and we take captive every thought to make it obedient8 to Christ.
And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.97
You are looking only on the surface of things.a10 If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ,11 he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he.128
For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us13 for building you up rather than pulling you down,14 I will not be ashamed of it.
I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive15 and his speaking amounts to nothing."1611
Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves.17 When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.