2 Corinthians 10:13
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New International Version
We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you.

New Living Translation
We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you.

English Standard Version
But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.

New American Standard Bible
But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.

King James Bible
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We, however, will not boast beyond measure but according to the measure of the area of ministry that God has assigned to us, which reaches even to you.

International Standard Version
We will not boast about what cannot be evaluated. Instead, we will stay within the field that God assigned us, so as to reach even you.

NET Bible
But we will not boast beyond certain limits, but will confine our boasting according to the limits of the work to which God has appointed us, that reaches even as far as you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we do not boast beyond our size, but by the measure of the limits that God has distributed to us, to reach also as far as to you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How can we brag about things that no one can evaluate? Instead, we will only brag about what God has given us to do-coming to [the city of Corinth] where you live.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But we will not glory of things beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the rule, of the measure which God has distributed to us, to reach even unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
But we will not boast of things beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the field which God has distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

American King James Version
But 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.

American Standard Version
But we will not glory beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the province which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we will not glory beyond our measure; but according to the measure of the rule, which God hath measured to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

Darby Bible Translation
Now *we* will not boast out of measure, but according to the measure of the rule which the God of measure has apportioned to us, to reach to you also.

English Revised Version
But we will not glory beyond our measure, but according to the measure of the province which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even to you.

Weymouth New Testament
We, however, will not exceed due limits in our boasting, but will keep within the limits of the sphere which God has assigned to us as a limit, which reaches even to you.

World English Bible
But we will not boast beyond proper limits, but within the boundaries with which God appointed to us, which reach even to you.

Young's Literal Translation
and we in regard to the unmeasured things will not boast ourselves, but after the measure of the line that the God of measure did appoint to us -- to reach even unto you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:12-18 If we would compare ourselves with others who excel us, this would be a good method to keep us humble. The apostle fixes a good rule for his conduct; namely, not to boast of things without his measure, which was the measure God had distributed to him. There is not a more fruitful source of error, than to judge of persons and opinions by our own prejudices. How common is it for persons to judge of their own religious character, by the opinions and maxims of the world around them! But how different is the rule of God's word! And of all flattery, self-flattery is the worst. Therefore, instead of praising ourselves, we should strive to approve ourselves to God. In a word, let us glory in the Lord our salvation, and in all other things only as evidences of his love, or means of promoting his glory. Instead of praising ourselves, or seeking the praise of men, let us desire that honour which cometh from God only.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Will not boast of things without our measure. This might be rendered, "will not indulge in these immeasurable boastings;" but ver. 15 points to the sense, "we will not glory beyond our measure." Of the rule; i.e. of the measuring line. I will keep to the province and limit which God has assigned to me in my proper mea- sure. St. Paul declines the favourite office of being "other people's bishop ἀλλοτριοεπίσκοπος)" (1 Peter 4:15). Hath distributed; rather, apportioned.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But we will not boast of things without our measure,.... Or things unmeasurable; meaning not doctrines, the knowledge of which they had not attained to, and which were not to be measured by reason or revelation, such as the Gnostics boasted of; but the sense is, that they would not glory in, and boast of actions, that were never done by them, within the compass of their ministration, as the false apostles did; who pretended that they had been everywhere, and had preached the Gospel, and had made converts in all parts of the world; but the apostle and his fellow labourer, desired only to speak of those things which were done of them, and of their successful labours:

according to the measure of the rule; not the measure of the gift of Christ, or of faith bestowed upon them; nor the measuring rule and canon of the Scriptures, though both are truths; but the places or parts of the world, which God in his secret purpose had fixed, and in his providence directed them to preach in: or as he says,

which God hath distributed to us; parted and divided to them; assigning such and such places to some, and such and such to others, as he himself pleased, to discharge their ministerial office in; drawing as it were a line, or setting a bound, by which and how far each should go, and no further:

a measure to reach even unto you; the line of their ministration was drawn, or the bounds of their preaching were carried from Judea, and through all the intermediate places to Corinth, so that the Corinthians were properly under the jurisdiction of the apostles, and in their district; wherefore the false apostles had really no right nor claim to be among them; nay, their measure reached to the ends of the world, according to Psalm 19:4 "their line" "is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. not boast … without … measure—Greek, "to unmeasured bounds." There is no limit to a man's high opinion of himself, so long as he measures himself by himself (2Co 10:13) and his fellows, and does not compare himself with his superiors. It marks the personal character of this Epistle that the word "boast" occurs twenty-nine times in it, and only twenty-six times in all the other Epistles put together. Undeterred by the charge of vanity, he felt he must vindicate his apostolic authority by facts [Conybeare and Howson]. It would be to "boast of things without our measure," were we to boast of conversions made by "other men's labors" (2Co 10:15).

distributed—apportioned [Alford].

a measure—as a measure [Alford].

to reach—"that we should reach as far as even to you": not that he meant to go no further (2Co 10:16; Ro 15:20-24). Paul's "measure" is the apportionment of his sphere of Gospel labors ruled for him by God. A "rule" among the so-called "apostolic canons" subsequently was, that no bishop should appoint ministers beyond his own limits. At Corinth no minister ought to have been received without Paul's sanction, as Corinth was apportioned to him by God as his apostolic sphere. The Epistle here incidentally, and therefore undesignedly, confirms the independent history, the Acts, which represents Corinth as the extreme limit as yet of his preaching, at which he had stopped, after he had from Philippi passed southward successively through Amphipolis, Apollonia, Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens [Paley, Horæ Paulinæ].

2 Corinthians 10:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul Defends his Ministry
12For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 13But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. 14For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;…
Cross References
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

2 Corinthians 10:15
Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,
Treasury of Scripture

But 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.

we will not.

2 Corinthians 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's …

Proverbs 25:14 Whoever boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

according.

2 Corinthians 10:14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached …

Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; …

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given …

Romans 15:20 Yes, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was …

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to …

Ephesians 4:7 But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of …

1 Peter 4:10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

rule. or, line.

Psalm 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to …

Isaiah 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: …

Romans 10:18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes truly, their sound went into …

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