2 Corinthians 10:10
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New International Version
For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressive and his speaking amounts to nothing."


New American Standard Bible
For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible."


King James Bible
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it is said, "His letters are weighty and powerful, but his physical presence is weak, and his public speaking is despicable."


International Standard Version
For someone is saying, "His letters are impressive and forceful, but his bodily presence is weak and his speech contemptible."


American Standard Version
For, His letters, they say, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.


Douay-Rheims Bible
(For his epistles indeed, say they, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible,)


Darby Bible Translation
because his letters, he says, are weighty and strong, but his presence in the body weak, and his speech naught.


Young's Literal Translation
because the letters indeed -- saith one -- are weighty and strong, and the bodily presence weak, and the speech despicable.'
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Context
Paul Defends his Ministry

1Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, with which I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 7Do you 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 we Christ's. 8For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord has given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 11Let 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. 12For 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. 13But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God has distributed to us, a measure to reach even to you. 14For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not to you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: 15Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labors; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. 17But he that glories, let him glory in the Lord. 18For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:17
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.


1 Corinthians 2:3
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.


2 Corinthians 10:1
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:


2 Corinthians 10:9
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.


2 Corinthians 10:11
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.


2 Corinthians 11:6
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.


2 Corinthians 11:21
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. However, when ever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.


2 Corinthians 12:7
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.


2 Corinthians 13:3
Since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.


Galatians 4:13
You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel to you at the first.


Treasury of Scripture

For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

say they. Gr. saith he.

2 Corinthians 10:11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent...

but.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you...

2 Corinthians 12:5-9 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in my infirmities...

1 Corinthians 2:3,4 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling...

Galatians 4:13,14 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel to you at the first...

and his.

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said to the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since you have spoken to your servant...

Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

1 Corinthians 1:17,21 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words...

1 Corinthians 2:1-4 And I, brothers, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God...

Strong's Concordance
For [his] letters, say they, [are] weighty and powerful; but [his] bodily presence [is] weak, and [his] speech contemptible.
Topical Bible
Account Amounts Authoritative Bodily Body Contemptible Despicable Despised Eloquence Feeble Force Forceful Forcible Indeed Letters Naught None Nothing Personal Powerful Presence Says Speaking Speech Strong Talking Unimpressive Weak Weight Weighty
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2 Corinthians Chapter 10 Verse 10

Alphabetical: amounts and are but contemptible For forceful he His in is letters nothing person personal presence say some speaking speech strong they to unimpressive weighty

NT Letters: 2 Corinthians 10:10 For His letters they say are weighty (2 Cor. 2C iiC 2Cor ii cor iicor)
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