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2 Corinthians 10

NLT 1 Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ—though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away. NIV 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! NLT 2 Well, I am begging you now so that when I come I won’t have to be bold with those who think we act from human motives. NIV 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. NLT 3 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. NIV 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. NLT 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. NIV 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. NLT 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. NIV 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. NLT 6 And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient. NIV 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete. NLT 7 Look at the obvious facts. Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we belong to Christ as much as they do. NIV 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. NLT 8 I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority. NIV 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. NLT 9 I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. NIV 9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters. NLT 10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” NIV 10 For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing." NLT 11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away. NIV 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. NLT 12 Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant! NIV 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. NLT 13 We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. NIV 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. NLT 14 We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ. NIV 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. NLT 15 Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended. NIV 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, NLT 16 Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question of our boasting about work done in someone else’s territory. NIV 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. NLT 17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the .” NIV 17 But, "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." NLT 18 When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them. NIV 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.