7a1You are looking at bthings as they are outwardly . 2Ifanyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him considerthisagainwithinhimself, that just as he is Christ's, 3soalso are we.
For evenif4I boastsomewhatcfurtherabout our 5authority, which the Lordgave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame,
9dfor 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 epersonalpresence is 6unimpressive and 7his 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 fsome of those who 8commendthemselves; but when they measurethemselves by themselves and comparethemselves with themselves, they are withoutunderstanding.
But we will not boast9beyond our measure, but g10within 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 11we were the first to comeeven as far as you in the 12gospel of Christ;
not boasting13beyond our measure, that is, in 14othermen'slabors, but with the hope that as 15your faithgrows, we will be, hwithin our sphere, 16enlargedevenmore by you,
16so as to 17preach the gospel even to 18the regions beyond you, and not to boasti19in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
But 20HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.