2 Corinthians 10
1 Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and fairness of Christ;
who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
2 But I beseech you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I figure on being bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for pulling
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge
of God, bringing every thought into captivity unto the obedience of Christ,
6 and being ready to avenge all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in
himself that he is Christ's, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is
Christ's, even so we are Christ's.
8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed;
9 so that I may not seem to frighten you by letters.
10 For his letters, they say, are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak,
and his speech of no account.
11 Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word through letters when we are
absent, such we are also in deed when we are present.
12 For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend
themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves
among themselves, are not wise.
13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but according to the measure of the
rule which God distributed to us; a measure which reaches even unto you.
14 For we are not overextending ourselves (as though not extending to you), for we also
came as far as to you with the gospel of Christ;
15 not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men's labors, but having
hope, that as your faith is growing, according to our rule, being greatly enlarged to
16 in order to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another's
measure of accomplishment.
17 But he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.