To stop the calumny and boasting of false apostles, he sets
forth the power of his apostleship.
1 Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ,
who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold towards you.
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 think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.
3 For walking in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but powerful through God
to the destruction of fortifications, we subverting counsels,
5 And every height that exhalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every understanding to the obedience of Christ,
6 And having in readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience
shall be fulfilled.
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.
8 For if I also should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord
hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed,
9 But that I may not be thought as it were to terrify you by epistles:
10 (For his epistles, indeed, say they, are weighty and strong; but his
bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible:)
11 Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by epistles,
when absent, such are we also indeed, when present.
12 For we dare not rank or compare ourselves with some, that commend themselves:
but we measure ourselves by ourselves, and compare ourselves with ourselves.
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 to you.
14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as if we reached not
to you: for we are come as far as to you in the gospel of Christ.
15 Not glorying beyond measure in other men's labours: but having hope
of your increase in faith, to be magnified in you according to our rule abundantly.
16 Yea, to 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.
17 *But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
18 For not he, that commendeth himself, is approved: but he whom God commendeth.
13: Ephesians iv. 7.
17: Jeremias ix. 23.; 1 Corinthians i. 31.