2 Corinthians 10:9
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.

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

New King James Version
lest I seem to terrify you by letters.

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

NASB 1995
for I do not wish to seem as if I would terrify you by my letters.

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

Amplified Bible
nor do I want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters;

Christian Standard Bible
I don’t want to seem as though I am trying to terrify 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.

American Standard Version
that I may not seem as if I would 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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
that I may not seem as if I would terrify you through the 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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. 9 I 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 presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

1 Corinthians 4:5,19-21
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God…









(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
I do not want to seem
δόξω (doxō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1380: A prolonged form of a primary verb, doko dok'-o of the same meaning; to think; by implication, to seem.

to be
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

[trying] to frighten
ἐκφοβεῖν (ekphobein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 1629: To frighten away, terrify. From ek and phobeo; to frighten utterly.

you
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

by
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

[my]
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

letters.
ἐπιστολῶν (epistolōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's 1992: A letter, dispatch, epistle, message. From epistello; a written message.


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