2 Corinthians 10 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I, Paul, make a personal appeal to you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ-I who am humble among you in person, but bold toward you when absent. 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 am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are walking in a fleshly 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 are walking in the flesh, we do not wage war in a fleshly way, 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of 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 high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to the obedience 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 And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 Look at what is obvious. If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should remind himself of this: just as he belongs to Christ, so do we. 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 if I boast some more about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing 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 I don't want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 For it is said, "His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak, and his public speaking is despicable." 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 consider this: what we are in the words of our letters when absent, we will be in actions 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 For we don't dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack 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, however, will not boast beyond measure, but according to the measure of the area [of ministry] that God has assigned to us, [which] reaches 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 are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you 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 are not bragging beyond measure about other people's labors. But we have the hope that as your faith increases, our area [of ministry] will be greatly enlarged, 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 preach the gospel to the regions beyond you, not boasting about what has already been done in someone else's area [of ministry]. 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 the one who boasts must boast in the Lord. 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.