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2 Corinthians 10:1-9 NIV

Paul’s Defense of His Ministry

1 By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away!

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2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.

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3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

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4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

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5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

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6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

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7 You are judging by appearances.a If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.

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    • q 10:7 - Or "Look at the obvious facts"
      8 So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it.

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          9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.

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          • a 10:7 - Or "Look at the obvious facts"
          • b 10:17 - Jer. 9:24