2 Corinthians 10 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now it is I myself, Sha'ul, making an appeal to you with the meekness and forbearance that come from the Messiah, I who am considered timid when face-to-face with you but intimidating from a distance. 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 But I beg you not to force me to be intimidating when I am with you, as I expect to be toward some who regard us as living in a worldly way. 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 although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God's power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish 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 arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. 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 And when you have become completely obedient, then we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 You are looking at the surface of things. If anyone is convinced that he belongs to the Messiah, he should remind himself that we belong to the Messiah as much as he does. 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 even if I boast a little too much about the authority the Lord has given us - authority to build you up, not tear you down - I am not ashamed. 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 My object is not to seem as if I were trying to frighten you with these letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 Someone says, "His letters are weighty and powerful, but when he appears in person he is weak, and as a speaker he is nothing." 10 For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing."
11 Such a person should realize that what we say in our letters when absent, we will do when 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 We don't dare class or compare ourselves with some of the people who advertise themselves. In measuring themselves against each other and comparing themselves with each other, they are simply stupid. 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 boast about what lies outside the area of work which God has given us; rather, we will boast within our assigned area, and that area does reach as far as 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 are not overextending our boasting as if we had not reached as far as you; for we did come all the way to you with the Good News of the Messiah. 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 do not boast about the area in which others labor; but our hope is that as your trust grows, we will be magnified in your midst in relation to our own area of work, so that we can go on to do even more, 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 namely, to proclaim the Good News in regions beyond you. Our hope is not to boast about the work already done by someone else. 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 So, let anyone who wants to boast, boast about ADONAI;l 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 because it is not the one who recommends himself who is worthy of approval, but the one whom the Lord recommends. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.