1Now I, Pavlos, beseech you by the gentleness and meekness of Mashi’akh, even though I am humble when present among you, I have the confidence when I am far away. 2I beseech you not to be troubled when I arrive, by the things which I hope to carry out; for it is my purpose to put to scorn those men who regard us as if we lived after the flesh. 3For, though we do live an earthly life, yet we do not serve worldly things. 4For the weapons which we use are not earthly weapons, but of the might of Elohim by which we conquer rebellious strongholds, 5casting down imaginations, and every false thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, and capturing every thought to the obedience of Mashi’akh; 6and we are prepared to seek vengeance on those who are disobedient, when your obedience is fulfilled.
7Do you judge by outward appearance? If any man thinks of himself that he belongs to Mashi’akh, let him know this of himself, that just as he belongs to Mashi’akh, so we also belong. 8For if I should boast somewhat more of the authority which Adoneinu has given me, I should not be ashamed, for He has given it to us for your edification, and not for your destruction. 9But I am hesitant, lest I seem as if I were trying to frighten you with my letter. 10For there are men who say that his epistles are weighty and powerful, but his bodily appearance is weak, and his speech foolish. 11But let him who supposes so consider this, that just as we express ourselves in our epistles when we are away, so are we also in deed when we are present.
12For we dare not count or compare ourselves with those who are proud of themselves; for it is because they measure themselves by themselves that they do not understand. 13We do not boast beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which Elohim has distributed to us, a measure to reach even to you. 14It is not because we are unable to climb where you are; nor are we trying to misrepresent ourselves; for we have climbed where we are through HaB’sorah of Mashi’akh; 15and we do not boast of things beyond our measure, that is, by other men’s labor, but we have the hope, that when your absolute trust grows, our pride shall be justified according to our measure. 16And we shall become strengthened, so that we may declare HaB’sorah in the regions beyond you, and not boast of the things already done by others. 17But he who boasts, let him glory in יהוה . For18 it is not the one who praises himself who is approved, but the one whom יהוה commends.
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