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2 Corinthians 10 TMB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I, Paul, myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ -- I, who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward 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 beseech you that when I am present I need not be bold with that confidence with which I have in mind to be bold against some, who think of us as though we walked according to the flesh. 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 though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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 carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of 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 casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought 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 being in readiness to avenge all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 Do ye look on things according to the outward appearance? If any man trust himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's. 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 though I should boast somewhat more of our authority (which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction), I should not be 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 that I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 "For his letters," say they, "are weighty and powerful, 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 a one think this: that as we are in word by letters when we are absent, so will we be also in deed when we are 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 dare not number ourselves, or compare ourselves, with some who commend themselves. For in measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, they are not wise. 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 things beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto 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 stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you. For we have come as far as to you also in preaching 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 not boasting of things beyond our own measure, that is, of other men's labors; but having hope that, when your faith has increased, we shall be magnified in you according to our rule abundantly, 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 to preach the Gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's rule, which he made ready for our hand. 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 "he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 For it is not he that commendeth himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.