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.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
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.
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure
, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching
the gospel of Christ:
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,
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.