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2 Corinthians 10 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I, Paul, myself make request to you by the quiet and gentle behaviour of Christ, I who am poor in spirit when with you, but who say what is in my mind to you without fear when I am away from you: 1 By the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am "timid" when face to face with you, but "bold" when away!
2 Yes, I make my request to you, so that when I am with you I may not have to make use of the authority which may be needed against some to whom we seem to be walking after the flesh. 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.
3 For though we may be living in the flesh, we are not fighting after the way of the flesh 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 (For the arms with which we are fighting are not those of the flesh, but are strong before God for the destruction of high places); 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
5 Putting an end to reasonings, and every high thing which is lifted up against the knowledge of God, and causing every thought to come under the authority of Christ; 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
6 Being ready to give punishment to whatever is against his authority, after you have made it clear that you are completely under his control. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 Give attention to the things which are before you. If any man seems to himself to be Christ's, let him keep in mind that we are as much Christ's as he is. 7 You are looking only on the surface of things. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he.
8 For though I might take pride in our authority (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for your destruction), it will not be a cause of shame to me: 8 For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.
9 That I may not seem to have the desire of causing you fear by my letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 For his letters, they say, have weight and are strong; but in body he is feeble, and his way of talking has little force. 10 For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing."
11 Let those who say this keep in mind that, what we are in word by letters when we are away, so will we be in act when we are present. 11 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
12 For we will not make comparison of ourselves with some of those who say good things about themselves: but these, measuring themselves by themselves, and making comparison of themselves with themselves, are not wise. 12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
13 We will not give glory to ourselves in over-great measure, but after the measure of the rule which God has given us, a measure which comes even to you. 13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches even to you.
14 For we have no need to make ourselves seem more than we are, as if our authority did not come as far as to you: for we came even as far as you with the good news of Christ: 14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ.
15 Not taking credit to ourselves for what is not our business, that is, for the work of others; but having hope that, with the growth of your faith, we may get the credit for an increase which is the effect of our work, 15 Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand,
16 So that we may be able to go on and take the good news to countries still farther away than you are, and not take credit for another man's work in making things ready to our hand. 16 so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in another man's territory.
17 But whoever has a desire for glory, let his glory be in the Lord. 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 For the Lord's approval of a man is not dependent on his opinion of himself, but on the Lord's opinion of him. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.