1But I myself, Paul, entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of the Christ, who, as to appearance, when present am mean among you, but absent am bold towards you; 2but I beseech that present I may not be bold with the confidence with which I think to be daring towards some who think of us as walking according to flesh. 3For walking in flesh, we do not war according to flesh. 4For the arms of our warfare are not fleshly, but powerful according to God to the overthrow of strongholds; 5overthrowing reasonings and every high thing that lifts itself up against the knowledge of God, and leading captive every thought into the obedience of the Christ; 6and having in readiness to avenge all disobedience when your obedience shall have been fulfilled.
7Do ye look at what concerns appearance? If any one has confidence in himself that he is of Christ, let him think this again in himself, that even as he is of Christ, so also are we. 8For and if I should boast even somewhat more abundantly of our authority, which the Lord has given to us for building up and not for your overthrowing, I shall not be put to shame; 9that I may not seem as if I was frightening you by letters: 10because his letters, he says, are weighty and strong, but his presence in the body weak, and his speech naught. 11Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by letters when absent, such also present in deed.
12For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves; but these, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not intelligent. 13Now we will not boast out of measure, but according to the measure of the rule which the God of measure has apportioned to us, to reach to you also. 14For we do not, as not reaching to you, overstretch ourselves, (for we have come to you also in the glad tidings of the Christ;) 15not boasting out of measure in other people's labours, but having hope, your faith increasing, to be enlarged amongst you, according to our rule, yet more abundantly 16to announce the glad tidings to that which is beyond you, not to be boasting in another's rule of things made ready to hand. 17But he that boasts, let him boast in the Lord. 18For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.