1Now1I, Paul, myself2urge you by the 3meekness and gentleness of Christ -I who4am ameek when face to face with you, but boldtoward you when absent !
I ask that 5when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageousagainst6some, who regard us as if we walked7according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war8according to the flesh,
for the 9weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but bdivinelypowerful10for the destruction of fortresses.
We are destroyingspeculations and every11loftythingraised up against the knowledge of God, and we are takingeverythoughtcaptive to the 12obedience of Christ,
and we are ready to punishalldisobedience, whenever13your obedience is complete.
7c14You are looking at dthings as they are outwardly . 15Ifanyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him considerthisagainwithinhimself, that just as he is Christ's, 16soalso are we.
For evenif17I boastsomewhatefurtherabout our 18authority, which the Lordgave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
9ffor I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.
For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his gpersonalpresence is 19unimpressive and 20his speechcontemptible."
Let such a personconsiderthis, that what we are in word by letters when absent, suchpersons we are also in deed when present.
For we are not bold to classorcompareourselves with hsome of those who 21commendthemselves ; but when they measurethemselves by themselves and comparethemselves with themselves, they are withoutunderstanding.
But we will not boast22beyond our measure, but i23within the measure of the spherewhichGodapportioned to us as a measure, to reacheven as far as you.
For we are not overextendingourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for 24we were the first to comeeven as far as you in the 25gospel of Christ ;
not boasting26beyond our measure, that is, in 27othermen'slabors, but with the hope that as 28your faithgrows, we will be, jwithin our sphere, 29enlargedevenmore by you,
16so as to 30preach the gospel even to 31the regions beyond you, and not to boastk32in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
But 33HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.
For it is not he who 34commendshimself that is approved, but he 35whom the Lordcommends.