1NowIPaulmyselfbeseechyouby the meeknessandgentleness of Christ,whoinpresencea am baseamongyou,but being absent am boldtowardyou:2But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence,wherewith I think to be boldagainstsome,whichthinkb of usas if we walkedaccording to the flesh.3For though we walkin the flesh, we donotwarafter the flesh:4
(For the weapons of ourwarfare are notcarnal,butmighty through Godto the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting downimaginations,candevery high thing that exalteth itselfagainst the knowledge of God,and bringing into captivityeverythoughtto the obedience of Christ;6Andhavingin a readiness to revengealldisobedience,whenyourobedience is fulfilled .
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any mantrust to himself that he isChrist's, let himofhimselfthinkthisagain,that,ashe is Christ's,evenso are weChrist's.8ForthoughI should boastsomewhatmoreofourauthority,which the Lord hath givenusforedification,andnotforyourdestruction, I shouldnot be ashamed :
9That I maynotseemasif I would terrifyyoubyletters.10For his letters , say they ,d are weightyandpowerful;but his bodilypresence is weak,and his speechcontemptible .
11Let such an onethinkthis,that, such as we are in wordbyletters when we are absent , such will we be also in deed when we are present .
12For we darenotmake ourselves of the number , orcompareourselveswithsome that commendthemselves:buttheymeasuringthemselvesbythemselves,andcomparingthemselvesamongthemselves,areenotwise .
13Butwewillnotboast of things without our measure,butaccording to the measure of the rulefwhichGod hath distributed to us, a measure to reachevenuntoyou.14For we stretchnotourselvesbeyond our measure, as though we reachednotuntoyou:for we are come as far as to youalsoin preaching the gospel of Christ:15Notboasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men'slabours;buthavinghope, when yourfaith is increased , that we shall be enlargedgbyyouaccording to ourruleabundantly ,
To preach the gospelin the regions beyondyou, and not to boastin another man'slinehof things made ready to our hand.17But he that glorieth , let him gloryin the Lord.18Fornothe that commendethhimselfisapproved,butwhom the Lordcommendeth .