2 Corinthians 10:17

17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[a]

2 Corinthians 10:17 in Other Translations

17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
17 "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."
17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD .”
17 "If you want to claim credit, claim it for God."
17 So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 10:17 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 10:17

But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
] Not in himself, nor in his outward circumstances of life, or inward endowments of mind; not in his natural or acquired parts; not in his wisdom, knowledge, learning, and eloquence; nor in his own righteousness, labours, and services, much less in other men's labours; nor in his own sense of himself; nor in the opinion and popular applause of others; but in the Lord Jesus Christ, as the author and donor of all gifts, natural and spiritual; in his wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; and in his judgment and approbation of men and things, which sense the following words direct unto.

2 Corinthians 10:17 In-Context

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 sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,
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 someone else’s territory.
17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Jeremiah 9:24; Psalms 34:2; Psalms 44:8; 1 Corinthians 1:31

Footnotes 1

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