2 Corinthians 10:1
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English Standard Version
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!—

King James Bible
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:

American Standard Version
Now I Paul myself entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now I Paul myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ, who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent, am bold toward you.

English Revised Version
Now I Paul myself entreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, I who in your presence am lowly among you, but being absent am of good courage toward you:

Webster's Bible Translation
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 towards you:

Weymouth New Testament
But as for me Paul, I entreat you by the gentleness and self-forgetfulness of Christ--I who when among you have not an imposing personal presence, but when absent am fearlessly outspoken in dealing with you.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

I Paul myself

"This emphatic stress on his own person is the fit introduction to the portion of the epistle which, beyond any other part of his writings, is to lay open his individual life and character" (Stanley). "Paul boldly casts into the scales of his readers the weight of his own personality over against his calumniators" (Meyer).

Meekness - gentleness

See on Matthew 5:5; see on 1 Peter 2:18.

Base (ταπεινός)

Better, as Rev., lowly. The sneer of his opponents that he was unassuming in their presence, but bold when absent. "It was easy to satirize and misrepresent a depression of spirits, a humility of demeanor, which were either the direct results of some bodily affliction, or which the consciousness of this affliction had rendered habitual. We feel at once that this would be natural to the bowed and weak figure which Albrecht Durer has represented; but that it would be impossible to the imposing orator whom Raphael has placed on the steps of the Areopagus" (Farrar).

This is the only passage in the New Testament in which ταπεινός lowly, bears the contemptuous sense which attaches to it in classical usage, an illustration of which may be found in Xenophon's story of Socrates' interview with the painter Parrhasius. "Surely meanness and servility (τὸ ταπεινόν τὲ καὶ ἀνελεύθερον) show themselves in the looks (διὰ προσώπου, the same word as Paul's) and gestures of men" ("Memorabilia," iii., 10, 5). So Aristotle says that frequently to submit to receive service from another, and to disparage whatever he himself has done well, are signs of littleness of soul (μικροψυχίας) and meanness (ταπεινότητος) In the Septuagint the words πένης poor, πραΰ́ς meek, πτωχός destitute, and ταπεινός lowly, are used interchangeably to translate the same Hebrew words; the reference ordinarily being to the oppressed, in contrast with their rich and powerful oppressors, or to the quiet, in contrast with lawless wrong-doers. Compare Deuteronomy 15:11; 2 Samuel 22:28; Psalm 18:Sept. 17) Psalm 18:27; Isaiah 26:6; Psalm 10:17 (Sept. 9:38); Proverbs 14:21; Proverbs 3:34; Numbers 12:3; Exodus 23:6, Exodus 23:11; Isaiah 32:7; Exodus 23:3; Ruth 3:10; Isaiah 11:4; 2 Samuel 12:1, 2 Samuel 12:3, 2 Samuel 12:4; Proverbs 13:8; 1 Samuel 18:23. The Septuagint usage therefore goes to show that these four words are all names for one class - the poor peasantry of an oppressed country, the victims of ill-treatment and plunder at the hands of tyrants and rich neighbors.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I Paul.

1 Corinthians 16:21,22 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand...

Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

2 Thessalonians 3:17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is the token in every letter: so I write.

Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ...

beseech.

2 Corinthians 10:2 But 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...

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be you reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God...

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,

1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

by.

Psalm 45:4 And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness...

Isaiah 42:3,4 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth...

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, your King comes to you: he is just...

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls.

Matthew 12:19,20 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets...

Matthew 21:5 Tell you the daughter of Sion, Behold, your King comes to you, meek, and sitting on an donkey, and a colt the foal of an donkey.

Acts 8:32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer...

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth...

presence. or, outward appearance.

2 Corinthians 10:7,10 Do 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...

base. Rather, lowly, or humble, [tapeinos,] which some think refers to his lowness of stature.

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities.

2 Corinthians 12:5,7-9 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in my infirmities...

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him...

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

1 Corinthians 4:10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.

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

bold.

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

*marg:

2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort...

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 13:2,3 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time...

Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and said, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me.

Romans 15:15 Nevertheless, brothers, I have written the more boldly to you in some sort, as putting you in mind...

Cross References
Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 12:1
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

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

1 Corinthians 4:21
What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

2 Corinthians 10:10
For they say, "His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account."

2 Corinthians 13:3
since you seek proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you.

Galatians 5:2
Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you.

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