1 But I myself, Paul, entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of the Christ, who, as to appearance, [when present] [am] mean among you, but absent am bold towards you;
2 but I beseech that present I may not be bold with the confidence with which I think to be daring towards some who think of us as walking according to flesh.
3 For walking in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.
4 For the arms of our warfare [are] not fleshly, but powerful according to God to [the] overthrow of strongholds;
References for 2 Corinthians 10:4
    • a 10:4 - Or 'divinely powerful,' as a Hebraism; or 'in a divine way', before God, in His view; bringing Him in; or 'through God.' Moses was 'beautiful to God' or 'divinely beautiful' (Acts 7.20).
      5 overthrowing reasonings and every high thing that lifts itself up against the knowledge of God, and leading captive every thought into the obedience of the Christ;
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        • b 10:5 - Or 'of Christ.'
          6 and having in readiness to avenge all disobedience when your obedience shall have been fulfilled.
          7 Do ye look at what concerns appearance? If any one has confidence in himself that he is of Christ, let him think this again in himself, that even as he [is] of Christ, so also [are] we.
          References for 2 Corinthians 10:7
            • c 10:7 - See ver. 1.
              8 For and if I should boast even somewhat more abundantly of our authority, which the Lord has given [to us] for building up and not for your overthrowing, I shall not be put to shame;
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                • d 10:8 - See ch. 13.10.
                  9 that I may not seem as if I was frightening you by letters:
                  10 because his letters, he says, [are] weighty and strong, but his presence in the body weak, and his speech naught.
                  11 Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by letters [when] absent, such also present in deed.
                  12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves; but these, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not intelligent.
                  References for 2 Corinthians 10:12
                    • e 10:12 - 'Wise' is not the sense here, at least it seems to give the sense of 'not being wise in doing so,' which is not the force of the Greek expression. The force is 'do not perceive,' whether in capacity or fact. See Matt. 13.13; Mark 4.12; 6.52, 7.14; 8.17,21; Rom. 3.11; 15.21.
                      13 Now *we* will not boast out of measure, but according to the measure of the rule which the God of measure has apportioned to us, to reach to you also.
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                        • f 10:13 - There is a double meaning in the words here. They signify 'out of measure, immoderately,' but allude also here to the false teachers going where God had not sent them: see ver.15.
                          14 For we do not, as not reaching to you, overstretch ourselves, (for we have come to you also in the glad tidings of the Christ;)
                          15 not boasting out of measure in other people's labours, but having hope, your faith increasing, to be enlarged amongst you, according to our rule, yet more abundantly
                          16 to announce the glad tidings to that [which is] beyond you, not to be boasting in another's rule of things made ready to hand.
                          17 But he that boasts, let him boast in the Lord.
                          References for 2 Corinthians 10:17
                            • g 10:17 - See 1Cor. 1.31.
                              18 For not *he* that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.