2 Corinthians 10 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I, Paul, plead with you. I plead with the gentleness and kindness that Christ himself would use, even though some of you say I am bold in my letters but timid in person. 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 hope it won't be necessary, but when I come I may have to be very bold with those who think we act from purely human motives. 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 We are human, but we don't wage war with human plans and methods. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
5 With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey 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 will punish those who remained disobedient after the rest of you became loyal and obedient. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 The trouble with you is that you make your decisions on the basis of appearance. You must recognize that we belong to Christ just as much as those who proudly declare that they belong to Christ. 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 I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But this authority is to build you up, not to tear you down. And I will not be put to shame by having my work among you destroyed. 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 Now this is not just an attempt to frighten you by my letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 For some say, "Don't worry about Paul. His letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are really bad!" 10 For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing."
11 The ones who say this must realize that we will be just as demanding and forceful in person as we are in our letters. 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 Oh, don't worry; I wouldn't dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, and measuring themselves by themselves. What foolishness! 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 But we will not boast of authority we do not have. Our goal is to stay within the boundaries of God's plan for us, and this plan includes our working there with 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 going too far when we claim authority over you, for we were the first to travel all the way to 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 Nor do we claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow and that our work among you 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 Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places that are far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question about being in someone else's territory. 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 As the Scriptures say, "The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done." 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 When people boast about themselves, it doesn't count for much. But when the Lord commends someone, that's different! 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.