Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,
who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that
confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as
if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to
the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to
himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as
he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord
hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be
9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily
presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when
we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with
some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves,
and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the
measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach
even unto you.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not
unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of
Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's
labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be
enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,
To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in
another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord