2 Corinthians 10:16 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 10:16, NIV: so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else's territory.

2 Corinthians 10:16, ESV: so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another’s area of influence.

2 Corinthians 10:16, KJV: To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

2 Corinthians 10:16, NASB: so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the domain of another.

2 Corinthians 10:16, NLT: Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question of our boasting about work done in someone else's territory.

2 Corinthians 10:16, CSB: so that we may preach the gospel to the regions beyond you without boasting about what has already been done in someone else's area of ministry.

What does 2 Corinthians 10:16 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Paul wrote that, unlike his false-teaching opponents, he does not boast in work accomplished by others. The false apostles may have been taking credit for the existence or growth of the church in Corinth. Even though it was Paul who brought the gospel to Corinth, critics are trying to compete for authority over the church.

Paul's hope is to bring the gospel of Jesus to new places where people had not yet trusted in Christ. He previously wrote that he hoped the growth of faith among the Corinthians would contribute to a greater area of influence (2 Corinthians 10:15). His drive for success is aimed entirely at creating more opportunities to preach the gospel. His hope seems to be that increased faith will allow the church in Corinth to contribute towards taking the gospel to new peoples and places—just as Paul did for them.