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2 Corinthians 10 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Paul’s Apostolic Authority
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Now I, Paul, myself, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ ​— ​I who am humble among you in person but bold toward you when absent.

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I beg you that when I am present I will not need to be bold with the confidence by which I plan to challenge certain people who think we are living according to the flesh.

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For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh,

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since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments

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and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.

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And we are ready to punish any disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

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Look at what is obvious.[fn] If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, let him remind himself of this: Just as he belongs to Christ, so do we.

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For if I boast a little too much about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for tearing you down, I will not be put to shame.

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I don’t want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters.

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For it is said, “His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak and his public speaking amounts to nothing.”

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Let such a person consider this: What we are in our letters, when we are absent, we will also be in our actions when we are present.

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For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding.

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We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned to us, which reaches even to you.

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For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you with the gospel of Christ.

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We are not boasting beyond measure about other people’s labors. On the contrary, we have the hope that as your faith increases, our area of ministry will be greatly enlarged,

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so that we may preach the gospel to the regions beyond you without boasting about what has already been done in someone else’s area of ministry.

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So let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.

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For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.

CSB Footnotes
Or You are looking at things outwardly

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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