Whiston(i) 1 Now I Paul my self beseech you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent [am] bold toward you. 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present, with that confidence wherewith I think to be 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 after the flesh: 4 For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth it self against the knowledge of God, and captivating every thought, and bringing it unto the obedience of Christ: 6 And having in readiness to revenge all obedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself, that he is Christ's servant, let him of himself think this again, that as he [is] Christ's even so [are] we Christ's. 8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which God hath given for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9 That we may not seem to terrify you by epistles. 10 For the epistles (says he) [are] weighty and powerfull, but bodily presence weak, and 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 our selves of the number, or compare our selves with those that commend themselves but they [are] measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves amongst themselves. 13 But we will not boast of things without [our] measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 For we stretch not our selves too far, as though we reached not unto you; for we are come as far as to you also, in the gospel of Christ: 15 Not boasting of things without the measure of other mens 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 places beyond you, not to boast in another man's line, of things 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 whom the Lord commendeth.