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2 Corinthians 10

Against the false apostles, who disgraced the weakness of his person and bodily presence, he setteth out the spiritual might and authority, with which he is armed against all adversary powers,

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul, myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ: who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 Corinthians 10:2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence wherewith I am thought to be bold, against some who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh. 2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty to God, unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels, 2 Corinthians 10:5 And every height that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God: and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ: 2 Corinthians 10:6 And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience shall be fulfilled.

assuring them that at his coming he will be found as mighty in word, as he is now in writing being absent:

2 Corinthians 10:7 See the things that are according to outward appearance. If any man trust to himself, that he is Christ's let him think this again with himself, that as he is Christ's, so are we also. 2 Corinthians 10:8 For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed. 2 Corinthians 10:9 But that I may not be thought as it were to terrify you by epistles, 2 Corinthians 10:10 (For his epistles indeed, say they, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak and his speech contemptible): 2 Corinthians 10:11 Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by epistles when absent, such also we will be indeed when present.

and withal taxing them for reaching out themselves beyond their compass, and vaunting themselves into other men's labours.

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not match or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but we measure ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves with ourselves. 2 Corinthians 10:13 But we will not glory beyond our measure: but according to the measure of the rule which God hath measured to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 2 Corinthians 10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as if we reached not unto you. For we are come as far as to you in the Gospel of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:15 Not glorying beyond measure in other men's labours: but having hope of your increasing faith, to be magnified in you according to our rule abundantly. 2 Corinthians 10:16 Yea, unto those places that are beyond you to preach the gospel: not to glory in another man's rule, in those things that are made ready to our hand. 2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:18 For not he who commendeth himself is approved: but he, whom God commendeth.

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