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2 Corinthians 10 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 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 ask that when I am present I need not show boldness by daring to oppose those who think we are acting according to 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 Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
4 for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We 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 proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive 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 We are ready to punish every disobedience when 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 before your eyes. If you are confident that you belong to Christ, remind yourself of this, that just as you belong to Christ, so also 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 Now, even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it. 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 do not want to seem as though I am trying to frighten you with my letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible." 10 For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing."
11 Let such people understand that what we say by letter when absent, we will also 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 do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another, and compare themselves with one another, they do not show good sense. 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 limits, but will keep within the field that God has assigned to us, to reach out even 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 For we were not overstepping our limits when we reached you; we were the first to come 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 We do not boast beyond limits, that is, in the labors of others; but our hope is that, as your faith increases, our sphere of action among you may 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 proclaim the good news in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in someone else's sphere of action. 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 "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 For it is not those who commend themselves that are approved, but those whom the Lord commends. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.