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2 Corinthians 10:7-17 (New American Standard)

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7 a1You are looking at bthings as they are outwardly . 2If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christ's, let him consider this again within himself, that just as he is Christ's, 3so also are we. 8 For even if 4I boast somewhat cfurther about our 5authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be put to shame, 9 dfor I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters. 10 For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his epersonal presence is 6unimpressive and 7his speech contemptible." 11 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. 12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with fsome of those who 8commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 13 But we will not boast 9beyond our measure, but g10within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for 11we were the first to come even as far as you in the 12gospel of Christ; 15 not boasting 13beyond our measure, that is, in 14other men's labors, but with the hope that as 15your faith grows, we will be, hwithin our sphere, 16enlarged even more by you, 16 so as to 17preach the gospel even to 18the regions beyond you, and not to boast i19in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another. 17 But 20HE WHO BOASTS IS TO BOAST IN THE LORD.
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