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2 Corinthians 10:1–11:33

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Now I Paul myself abeseech you by the aameekness and bgentleness of Christ, cwho ||din presence am ddbase among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, ethat I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I ||think to be bold against fsome, which ||think of us as if we walked gaccording to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war gafter the flesh: (For hthe iweapons of our kwarfare are not carnal, but lmighty ||through God mto the npulling down of ostrong holds;) pCasting down ||imaginations, and qevery high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every rthought to sthe obedience of Christ; And ehaving in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, twhen your obedience is fulfilled.

uDo ye look on things after the outward appearance? vIf any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as whe is Christ’s, even so are xwe Christ’s. For though I should yboast somewhat more of zour authority, which the Lord hath given us for zzedification, and not for your ndestruction, aI should not be ashamed: That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For his letters, say they, are bweighty and powerful; but chis bodily presence is weak, and dhis speech contemptible. 11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or ecompare ourselves with some that fcommend themselves: but gthey measuring themselves by themselves, and ecomparing themselves among themselves, ||are not wise. 13 But we will not hboast of things without our measure, but according to ithe measure of the ||rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for kwe are lcome as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15 Not hboasting of things without our measure, that is, mof other men’s labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be ||enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast min another man’s ||line of things made ready to our hand. 17 But nhe that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For gnot he that fcommendeth himself is oapproved, but pwhom the Lord commendeth.

11 Would to God ye could abear with me a little in bmy folly: and indeed ||abear with me. For I am cjealous over you with godly jealousy: for dI have espoused you to one husband, efthat I may present you fas a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as gthe serpent hbeguiled Eve through his isubtilty, so your jminds kshould be corrupted from the lsimplicity that is in Christ. For if mhe that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or nanother gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well abear ||with him. For I osuppose I was pnot a whit behind the very qchiefest apostles. But rthough I be srude in speech, tyet not in knowledge; but ttwe have been throughly made manifest among you in all things. Have I committed uan offence in vabasing myself that ye might be exalted, because wI have preached to you the gospel of God xfreely? I robbed other churches, taking ywages of them, to do you service. And when I was present with you, and wanted, xzI was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me athe brethren which came from bMacedonia supplied: and in all things cI have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself. 10 dAs the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this fboasting in the gregions of hAchaia. 11 Wherefore? ibecause I love you not? kGod knoweth. 12 But what I do, that I will do, lthat I may cut off moccasion from them which desire moccasion; that wherein they glory, nthey may be found even as we. 13 For osuch are pfalse apostles, qdeceitful workers, rtransforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for sSatan himself is rtransformed into tan angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if uhis ministers also be rtransformed as vthe ministers of righteousness; wwhose end shall be according to their works.

16 I xsay again, yLet no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool ||zreceive me, that I may boast myself a little. 17 That which I speak, aI speak it not after the Lord, but as it were nfoolishly, bin this confidence of boasting. 18 Seeing that many glory cafter the flesh, dI will glory also. 19 For eye suffer fools gladly, fseeing ye yourselves are wise. 20 For eye suffer, if a man gbring you into bondage, hif a man devour you, if a man itake of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man ksmite you on the face. 21 I speak as concerning lreproach, mas though we had been weak. Howbeit dwhereinsoever any is bold, (I speak nfoolishly,) I am bold also. 22 Are they oHebrews? so am I. Are they pIsraelites? so am I. Are they qthe seed of Abraham? so am I. 23 Are they rministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; stin labours more abundant, tuin stripes above measure, tvin prisons more frequent, win deaths oft. 24 xOf the Jews five times received I yforty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I zbeaten with rods, aonce was I stoned, thrice I bsuffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in cperils of waters, in perils of drobbers, in cperils eby mine own countrymen, in perils fby the heathen, in perils gin the city, in perils in ggthe wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among hfalse brethren; 27 iIn jweariness and jpainfulness, iin watchings often, klin hunger and kthirst, iin mfastings often, in cold and knakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, nthat which cometh upon me daily, othe care of pall the churches. 29 qWho is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, rI will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. 31 sThe God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, twhich is blessed for evermore, uknoweth that I lie not. 32 vIn Damascus wthe governor under xAretas the king ykept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: 33 And zthrough aa window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

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a

See Rom. 12:1.

aa
b

See Acts 24:4.

c

ver. 10. See 1 Cor. 2:3.

||

Or, in outward appearance. ver. 7.

d

Acts 3:13. & 25:16. Gal. 2:11 in the Gk.

dd

So ch. 11:7.

e

ch. 13:2, 10. See 1 Cor. 4:21.

||

Or, reckon. ch. 11:5 (Gk.). & 12:6. See Rom. 4:4. So ver. 7, 11.

f
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Or, reckon. ch. 11:5 (Gk.). & 12:6. See Rom. 4:4. So ver. 7, 11.

g

See ch. 1:17.

g

See ch. 1:17.

h

See ch. 6:7. Comp. Eph. 6:11, 13. 1 Thess. 5:8.

i

Rom. 6:13 marg.

k
l

See 1 Cor. 2:5. So ch. 13:3, 4.

||

Or, to God. Acts 7:20 marg.

m
n

ver. 8. ch. 13:10. 1 Macc. 3:43 in the Gk.

o
p
||

Or, reasonings. See Ecclus. 27:4.

q
r

See ch. 2:11.

s

So ch. 9:13. See Rom. 1:5.

e

ch. 13:2, 10. See 1 Cor. 4:21.

t

See ch. 2:9.

u

So John 7:24. ch. 5:12.

v
w
x
y

See ch. 8:24.

z

ch. 13:10 (Gk.).

zz
n

ver. 8. ch. 13:10. 1 Macc. 3:43 in the Gk.

a

ch. 7:14. So ch. 12:6.

[Gr. saith he]. See Heb. 2:6.

b
c

See ver. 1. So ch. 11:21. & 12:7.

d

See 1 Cor. 1:17. So ch. 11:6.

e
f

ver. 18. See ch 3:1.

g

Prov. 27:2. So ver. 18.

e
||

Or, understand it not. Matt. 13:13, &c. Eph. 5:17.

h

ver. 15.

i

See Rom. 12:3.

||

Or, line. ver. 15, 16. Gal. 6:16. Phil. 3:16. So Ps. 19:4 (Heb.).

k

See 1 Cor. 3:6. Comp. Acts 18:11.

l
h

ver. 15.

m
||

Or, magnified in you. As Acts 5:13.

m
||

Or, magnified in you. As Acts 5:13.

n

Cited generally from Jer. 9:23, 24. Cited also 1 Cor. 1:31.

g

Prov. 27:2. So ver. 18.

f

ver. 18. See ch 3:1.

o
p
a

ver. 4, 19, 20 (Gk.). See Matt. 17:17. Comp. ver. 16.

b

ver. 17, 21. Mark 7:22 (Gk.). See ch. 5:13.

||

Or, you do bear with me.

a

ver. 4, 19, 20 (Gk.). See Matt. 17:17. Comp. ver. 16.

c
d

See John 3:29.

e

ch. 4:14. Col. 1:22, 28. So Jude 24.

f

Comp. Eph. 5:27.

f

Comp. Eph. 5:27.

g
h
i
j

See ch. 2:11.

k

So Col. 2:4, 8.

l

See ch. 1:12.

m

Comp. ch. 3:1.

n
a

ver. 4, 19, 20 (Gk.). See Matt. 17:17. Comp. ver. 16.

||

[Or, with me].

o

ch. 10:2 marg.

p

ch. 12:11.

q

See Mark 10:44 (Engl.).

r

See 1 Cor. 1:17. So ch. 10:10.

s

See Acts 4:13.

t

Comp. Eph. 3:4. See 1 Cor. 12:8.

tt

ch. 4:2. & 5:11. So ch. 6:9. & 12:12.

u

So ch. 12:13.

v

So ch. 10:1.

w
x
y
x
z

ch. 12:13, 14 (Gk.).

a

Comp. Phil. 4:15, 16. See 1 Cor. 16:17.

b
c
d

See Rom. 9:1.

Gr. this boasting shall not e be stopped in me.

f

So 1 Cor. 9:15, 16 (Gk.).

g
h
i

So ch. 6:11. & 7:3. & 12:15.

k

ver. 31. ch. 12:2, 3.

l
m

See Rom. 7:8.

m

See Rom. 7:8.

n

Comp. Acts 26:29.

o

See ch. 2:17.

p
q
r

ver. 14, 15. Phil. 3:21 (Gk.). So 1 Cor. 4:6.

s
r

ver. 14, 15. Phil. 3:21 (Gk.). So 1 Cor. 4:6.

t
u

Comp. Gal. 2:17.

r

ver. 14, 15. Phil. 3:21 (Gk.). So 1 Cor. 4:6.

v

ch. 3:9.

w
x

Comp. ver. 1.

y

ch. 12:6. So ch. 12:11.

||

Or, suffer. Gk. not as ver. 19.

z
a
n

Comp. Acts 26:29.

b

See ch. 9:4.

c
d

So Phil. 3:3, 4.

e

ver. 1 (Gk.).

f
e

ver. 1 (Gk.).

g
h

Comp. ch. 7:2.

i

ver.

k
l

ch. 6:8 (Gk.).

m

So ch. 10:10.

d

So Phil. 3:3, 4.

n

ver. 1, 17. See Rom. 3:5.

o
p

See Rom. 11:1.

q
r

See ch. 3:6.

s
t

ch. 6:5.

t

ch. 6:5.

u
t

ch. 6:5.

v
w

See Rom. 8:36.

x
y
z

Acts 16:22 (Gk.).

a
b
c

So 1 Cor. 15:30 (Gk.).

d
c

So 1 Cor. 15:30 (Gk.).

e

See Acts 9:23. So Acts 13:50. & 14:5. & 17:5.

f

Acts 14:5. & 19:23, &c.

g
gg
h
i

ch. 6:5 (Gk.).

j

2 Thess. 3:8 (Gk.).

j

2 Thess. 3:8 (Gk.).

i

ch. 6:5 (Gk.).

k
l
k
i

ch. 6:5 (Gk.).

m
k
n
o
p
q
r

ch. 12:5, 9, 10. Comp. ch. 13:9.

s

See Rom. 15:6.

t

See Rom. 9:5.

u

See ch. 1:23. & ver. 11.

v
w

1 Macc. 14:47. & 15:1, 2 in the Gk.

x

Comp. 2 Macc. 5:8.

y
z

See Acts 9:25.

a

See Acts 20:9.