1Now I Paul, myself, entreat you by the humility and gentleness of
Christ; I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of
good courage toward you.
2Yes, I beg you that I may not, when present,
show courage with the confidence with which I intend to be bold against some,
who consider us to be walking according to the flesh.
3For though we walk
in the flesh, we don’t wage war according to the flesh;
4for the weapons
of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing
down of strongholds,
5throwing down imaginations and every high thing
that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into
captivity to the obedience of Christ;
6and being in readiness to avenge
all disobedience, when your obedience will be made full.
look at things only as they appear in front of your face? If anyone trusts in
himself that he is Christ’s, let him consider this again with himself, that,
even as he is Christ’s, so also we are Christ’s.
8For 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 disappointed,
9that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters.
10For, “His letters,” they say, “are weighty and strong, but his bodily
presence is weak, and his speech is despised.”
11Let 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.
12For 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.
13But we will not boast beyond
proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us,
which reach even to you.
14For we don’t stretch ourselves too much, as
though we didn’t reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the
Good News of Christ,
15not boasting beyond proper limits in other men’s
labors, but having hope that as your faith grows, we will be abundantly
enlarged by you in our sphere of influence,
16so as to preach the Good News
even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already
17But “he who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”
isn’t he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.