2 Corinthians 10:9

9 I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.

Read 2 Corinthians 10:9 Using Other Translations

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters.
I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters.

What does 2 Corinthians 10:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Corinthians 10:9

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
] Here seems to be something wanting, which is to be supplied, The sense is, though I might lawfully boast of the superior authority which we apostles have above other persons, in using sharpness with men insolent and hardened in sin; yet I will not, I forbear every thing of that kind, I drop it, I do not choose to insist upon it; (ana amxm) , "I overlook", or "neglect" it, "I do not care" to do it, as the Syriac version supplies it; and this he thought most prudent and advisable, lest he should give any occasion to the above calumny that he was bold, and blustering, and terrifying by his letters when absent, and only threatened that he had no power to perform.

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