2 Corinthians 10:9
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New International Version
I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.

New Living Translation
I'm not trying to frighten you by my letters.

English Standard Version
I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters.

Berean Study Bible
I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you by my letters.

Berean Literal Bible
so that I might not seem as if to frighten you by means of the letters.

New American Standard Bible
for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.

King James Bible
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

Christian Standard Bible
I don't want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters.

Contemporary English Version
And I am not trying to scare you with my letters.

Good News Translation
I do not want it to appear that I am trying to frighten you with my letters.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I don't want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters.

International Standard Version
I do not want you to think that I am trying to frighten you with my letters.

NET Bible
I do not want to seem as though I am trying to terrify you with my letters,

New Heart English Bible
that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I avoid it, lest it be supposed that I terrify you with my epistle,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't want you to think that I'm trying to frighten you with my letters.

New American Standard 1977
for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

King James 2000 Bible
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

American King James Version
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

American Standard Version
that I may not seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But that I may not be thought as it were to terrify you by epistles,

Darby Bible Translation
that I may not seem as if I was frightening you by letters:

English Revised Version
that I may not seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.

Webster's Bible Translation
That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

Weymouth New Testament
Let it not seem as if I wanted to frighten you by my letters.

World English Bible
that I may not seem as if I desire to terrify you by my letters.

Young's Literal Translation
that I may not seem as if I would terrify you through the letters,
Study Bible
Paul's Apostolic Authority
8For even if I boast somewhat excessively about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed. 9I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you by my letters. 10For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is unimpressive, and his speaking is of no account.”…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 10:8
For even if I boast somewhat excessively about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed.

2 Corinthians 10:10
For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is unimpressive, and his speaking is of no account."
Treasury of Scripture

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

terrify.

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily …

1 Corinthians 4:5,19-21 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

(9) That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.--The logical sequence of thought is: "I say this" (i.e., that my sentence of delivery to Satan will not be a hollow form) "in order that I may not seem to frighten you as with a bug-bear." This, it is clear from what follows, had been said. (Comp. the sneer in the next verse.) The use of the plural in this verse and that which follows is in favour of the hypothesis of a lost letter being referred to in 1Corinthians 5:9, but does not absolutely prove it.

Verse 9. - By letters; rather, by the letters. He had certainly addressed two letters to them (1 Corinthians 5:9). That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. Here seems to be something wanting, which is to be supplied, The sense is, though I might lawfully boast of the superior authority which we apostles have above other persons, in using sharpness with men insolent and hardened in sin; yet I will not, I forbear every thing of that kind, I drop it, I do not choose to insist upon it; , "I overlook", or "neglect" it, "I do not care" to do it, as the Syriac version supplies it; and this he thought most prudent and advisable, lest he should give any occasion to the above calumny that he was bold, and blustering, and terrifying by his letters when absent, and only threatened that he had no power to perform. 9. I say this lest I should seem to be terrifying you, as children, with empty threats [Bengel]. Estius explains, "I might boast more of my authority, but I forbear to do so, that I may not seem as if," etc. But this ellipsis is harsh: and 2Co 10:10, 11 confirm Bengel's view.10:7-11 In outward appearance, Paul was mean and despised in the eyes of some, but this was a false rule to judge by. We must not think that none outward appearance, as if the want of such things proved a man not to be a real Christian, or an able, faithful minister of the lowly Saviour.
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