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 I Paule my selfe beseche you by the mekenesse and softenes of Christe, whiche when I am present amonge you, am of no reputacion, but am bolde toward you beynge absent, 2 Corinthians 10:2 I beseche you, that I nede not to be bolde, when I am present (with that same confydence, wherewith I am supposed to be bolde) agaynste some whiche repute vs as though we walked carnally. 2 Corinthians 10:3 Neuerthelesse thoughe we walke compassed wt the fleshe, yet we ware not fleshly. 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapens of oure warre are not carnal thynges, but thynges myghtye in God to caste doune stronge holdes, 2 Corinthians 10:5 wherewith we ouerthrowe Imaginations and euerye hye thynge that exalteth it selfe agaynste the knoweledge of God, and brynge into captiuite all vnderstandynge to the obedience of Christe, 2 Corinthians 10:6 and are redye to take vengeaunce on all disobedience, when youre obedience is fulfylled.
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 Loke ye on thynges after the vtter apparence? Yf any man truste in hym selfe that he is Christes, let the same also consydre of him self that as he is Christes, euen so are we Christes 2 Corinthians 10:8 and thoughe I shoulde boste my selfe some what more of oure authoritie which the Lord hath geuen vs to edifye, and not to destroye you, it shoulde not be to my shame. 2 Corinthians 10:9 This say I, leste I shoulde seme, as thoughe I went about to make you afrayde with letters. 2 Corinthians 10:10 For þe Epystles (sayeth he) are sore and stronge, but hys bodely presence is weake, and hys speach rude. 2 Corinthians 10:11 Let hym that is suche, thynke on thys wyse, þt as we are in wordes by letters when we are absent, such are we in dedes when we are 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 can not fynde in oure hertes to make oure selues of the numbre of them, or to compare oure selues to them, whiche laud them selues, neuerthelesse while they measure them selues wyth them selues, and compare them selues with them selues, they vnderstande nought. 2 Corinthians 10:13 But we wyll not reioyce aboue measure: but accordynge to the quantitye of the measure, whiche God hath distrybuted vnto vs, a measure that reacheth euen vnto you. 2 Corinthians 10:14 For we stretche not oure selues beyonde measure, as thoughe we had not reacheth vnto you. For euen vnto you haue we come with the Gospell of Christe, 2 Corinthians 10:15 and we boste not oure selues out of measure in other mens labours. Yea, and we hope, when your fayth is increased amonge you, to be magnifyed accordynge to oure measure more largelye, 2 Corinthians 10:16 and to preache the Gospell in those regyons, whiche are beyonde you: and not to reioyce of that whiche is by another mans measure prepared already. 2 Corinthians 10:17 Let hym that reioyceth, reioyce in þe Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:18 For he that prayseth hym self, is not allowed: but he whom the Lorde prayseth.