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2 Corinthians 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Paul’s Defense of His Ministry

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:1 - By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:2 - I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:3 - For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:4 - The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:5 - We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:6 - And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:7 - You are judging by appearances.[fn] If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:8 - So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:9 - I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:10 - For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:11 - Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:12 - We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:13 - We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:14 - We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:15 - 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,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:17 - But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 10:18 - For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
NIV Footnotes
Or Look at the obvious facts
Jer. 9:24

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