2 Corinthians 10 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I, Paul, make a personal request to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ. I'm shy when I'm with you, but I'm bossy when I'm 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 I beg you that when I'm with you in person, I won't have to boss you around. I'm afraid that I may have to use that kind of behavior with those people who think we live by human standards. 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 Although we live in the world, we don't fight our battles with human methods. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 Our weapons that we fight with aren't human, but instead they are powered by God for the destruction of fortresses. They destroy arguments, 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
5 and every defense that is raised up to oppose the knowledge of God. They capture every thought to make it obedient to 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 Once your obedience is complete, we are ready to punish any disobedience. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 Look at what is right in front of you! If anyone is sure about belonging to Christ, that person should think again. We belong to Christ just like that person. 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 Even if I went on to brag about our authority, I wouldn't be ashamed of it. The Lord gave us that authority to build you up and not to destroy you. 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 I don't want it to seem like I'm trying to intimidate you with my letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 I know what some people are saying: "His letters are severe and powerful, but in person he is weak and his speech is worth nothing." 10 For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing."
11 These people need to think about this—that when we are with you, our actions will show that we are the same as the words we wrote when we were away from you. 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 We won't dare to place ourselves in the same league or to compare ourselves with some of those who are promoting themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they have no understanding. 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 won't take pride in anything more than what is appropriate. Let's look at the boundaries of our work area that God has assigned to us. It's an area that includes 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 We aren't going out of bounds, as if our work area doesn't extend as far as you. We were the first ones to travel as far as Corinth with the gospel 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 We don't take pride in what other people do outside of our boundaries. We hope that our work will be extended even more by you as your faith grows, until it expands fully (within the boundaries, of course). 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 We hope that our work grows even to the point of the gospel being preached in places beyond Corinth, without bragging about what has already been done in another person's work area. 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, the one who brags should brag in the Lord. 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 It isn't the person who promotes himself or herself who is approved but the person whom the Lord commends. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.