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II Corinthians 10

1 So I myself Paul call upon you through the gentleness and fairness of Christ, [I] who in presence [am] humble among you, but being absent I am bold toward you: 2 But I request that, being present, [I] not be bold with the confidence with which I reckoned to be courageous towards some who reckon us as walking according to the flesh. 3 For [though] walking in [the] flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare [are] not fleshly, but powerful through God towards tearing-down of strongholds, tearing-down reasonings, 5 and every exaltation rising up against the knowledge of Christ, and taking captive every thought to the obedience of Christ, 6 and having in readiness to avenge all disobedience, when your obedience is made full.

7 You look according to appearance. If any is persuaded to himself to be of Christ, let1 him be reckoning this again upon himself, that just as he [is] of Christ, thus also [are] we. 8 For if I boast something more concerning our authority, which the Lord gave for upbuilding and not for your down-tearing, I will not be shamed, 9 in order that I now seem as if to be frightening you through letters. 10 For the letters on the one hand, they say, are weighty and strong, but on the other hand his bodily presence [is] weak and [his] word despicable. 11 Let1 such [men] be reckoning this, that such as we are by word through letters being absent, such also [are we] being present in deed. 12 For we dare not to be classing or comparing ourselves with some commending themselves, but they measuring themselves among themselves and comparing themselves with themselves are not understanding. 13 But we will not boast to [things] immeasurable, but according to the measure of the limits of [the] measure which God distributed to us, [a measure] to reach even to you. 14 For not as not reaching to you do we stretch beyond ourselves, for even to you have we arrived in the good-news of Christ, 15 not in the unmeasurable [things] boasting in another's labor, but having hope, your faith increasing in you, to be greatly enlarged according to our limits 16 to good news the [regions] beyond you, not in another's limits for the ready boast.

17 But the [one] boasting, let1 him be boasting in [the] Lord. 18 For not the [one] commending himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.