Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is
Christ's, even so are
For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.
letters, say they, are
weighty and powerful; but his
bodily presence is
weak, and his
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.