2 Corinthians 10:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 10:15, NIV: Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,

2 Corinthians 10:15, ESV: We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged,

2 Corinthians 10:15, KJV: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

2 Corinthians 10:15, NASB: not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other people’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our domain, enlarged even more by you,

2 Corinthians 10:15, NLT: Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.

2 Corinthians 10:15, CSB: We are not boasting beyond measure about other people's labors. On the contrary, we have the hope that as your faith increases, our area of ministry will be greatly enlarged,

What does 2 Corinthians 10:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul wrote in the previous verses that he refuses to participate in a popularity competition with his opponents in Corinth. He's not interested in scrabbling to be seen as the most impressive speaker or the best at self-promotion. These false teachers were competing according to the world's standards of comparison and measuring themselves against each other.

The mission given and empowered by God did not require Paul to prove himself worthy. He didn't need to worry about putting on a show, giving impressive performances. Also, Paul had already completed the task at hand. He had reached the Corinthians with the gospel of Jesus, and they had believed. That's all he had set out to do.

Paul adds now that he does not boast in work accomplished by others. He may mean that his opponents, the false teachers in Corinth, are attempting to claim the Corinthians as their own. This was despite the fact that Paul was the one who established the church there. He is the one who introduced the Corinthians to Christ, something they knew well.

Though the main task has been attained, Paul does not see his work as finished. His words here do not mean he has nothing left to do, now that those in the church in Corinth have come to Christ. Paul's hope is that as their faith grows, his influence for Christ among them will grow, as well. This may mean that he hopes to see more and more people come to faith in Christ or that he hopes that they will contribute to his ministry so that he can replicate in other places what he has accomplished, in God's power, among them.