Now 1I, Paul, myself 2urge you by the 3meekness and gentleness of Christ -I who 4am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!
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I ask that 5when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against 6some, who regard us as if we walked 7according to the flesh.
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For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war 8according to the flesh,
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for the 9weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful 10for the destruction of fortresses.
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We are destroying speculations and every 11lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the 12obedience of Christ,
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and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever 13your obedience is complete.
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14You are looking at things as they are outwardly . 15If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ's, 16so also are we.
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For even if 17I boast somewhat further about our 18authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
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for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.
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For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is 19unimpressive and 20his speech contemptible."
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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.
For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who 21commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.
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But we will not boast 22beyond our measure, but 23within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.
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For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for 24we were the first to come even as far as you in the 25gospel of Christ;
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not boasting 26beyond our measure, that is, in 27other men's labors, but with the hope that as 28your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, 29enlarged even more by you,
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so as to 30preach the gospel even to 31the regions beyond you, and not to boast 32in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
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But 33HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.
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For it is not he who 34commends himself that is approved, but he 35whom the Lord commends.
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