2 Corinthians 10 HNV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now I Sha'ul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of Messiah; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage 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 Yes, I beg you, that I may not, when present, show courage with the confidence with which I count to be bold against some, who count of us as if 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 don't wage 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 of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing 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 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of 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 being in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
7 Do you look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in himself that he is Messiah's, let him consider this again with himself, that, even as he is Messiah's, so also we are Messiah'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 abundantly concerning our authority, (which the Lord gave for building you up, and not for casting you down) I will not be put to shame, 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 desire to terrify you by my letters. 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
10 For, "His letters," they say, "are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech is despised." 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 person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we 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 are not bold to number or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves. But they themselves, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are without 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 But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach 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 don't stretch ourselves too much, as though we didn't reach to you. For we came even as far as to you in the Good News of 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 not boasting beyond proper limits in other men's labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be magnified in you according to our boundaries to abundance, 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 as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done. 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 who boasts, let him boast in the Lord." 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
18 For it isn't he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends. 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.