2 Corinthians 10:14
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New International Version
We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ.

New Living Translation
We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ.

English Standard Version
For we are not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach you. For we were the first to come all the way to you with the gospel of Christ.

Berean Study Bible
We are not overstepping our bounds, as if we had not come to you. Indeed, we were the first to reach you with the gospel of Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
For we are not overextending ourselves, as not reaching to you. For we came also as far as you in the gospel of Christ,

New American Standard Bible
For 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;

King James Bible
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we had not reached you, since we have come to you with the gospel of Christ.

International Standard Version
For it is not as though we were overstepping our limits when we came to you. We were the first to reach you with the gospel of the Messiah.

NET Bible
For we were not overextending ourselves, as though we did not reach as far as you, because we were the first to reach as far as you with the gospel about Christ.

New Heart English Bible
For we do not stretch ourselves too much, as though we did not reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the Good News of Christ,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it was not as if we did not arrive unto you, for we joined ourselves as far as unto you. We arrived with The Gospel of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not as though we hadn't already been to Corinth. We're not overstating the facts. The fact is that we were the first to arrive in Corinth with the Good News about Christ.

New American Standard 1977
For 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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we do not overextend ourselves by reaching unto you; for we are also come unto you with the gospel of the Christ,

King James 2000 Bible
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

American King James Version
For 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:

American Standard Version
For we stretch not ourselves overmuch, as though we reached not unto you: for we came even as far as unto you in the gospel of Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as if we reached not unto you. For we are come as far as to you in the gospel of Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
For we do not, as not reaching to you, overstretch ourselves, (for we have come to you also in the glad tidings of the Christ;)

English Revised Version
For we stretch not ourselves overmuch, as though we reached not unto you: for we came even as far as unto you in the gospel of Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
For 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:

Weymouth New Testament
For there is no undue stretch of authority on our part, as though it did not extend to you. We pressed on even to Corinth, and were the first to proclaim to you the Good News of the Christ.

World English Bible
For we don't stretch ourselves too much, as though we didn't reach to you. For we came even as far as to you with the Good News of Christ,

Young's Literal Translation
for not as not reaching to you do we stretch ourselves overmuch, for even unto you did we come in the good news of the Christ,
Study Bible
Paul's Apostolic Authority
13We, however, will not boast beyond our limits, but only within the field of influence that God has assigned to us—a field that reaches even to you. 14We are not overstepping our bounds, as if we had not come to you. Indeed, we were the first to reach you with the gospel of Christ. 15Neither do we boast beyond our limits in the labors of others. But we hope that, as your faith increases, our area of influence among you will greatly increase as well,…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

2 Corinthians 2:12
Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and a door stood open for me in the Lord,
Treasury of Scripture

For 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:

we stretch not.

2 Corinthians 3:1-3 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, …

Romans 15:18,19 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ …

1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches …

1 Corinthians 3:5,10 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, …

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have …

1 Corinthians 9:1,2 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ …

the gospel.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power …

Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

Galatians 1:6-8 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into …

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Timothy 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

(14) For we stretch not ourselves . . . as though we reached not unto you.--Some of the better MSS. omit the negative, and then the sentence must be taken as a question: "Are we over-reaching" (i.e., transgressing boundaries), "as though you were not within the limit assigned to us?"

For we are come as far as to you also.--The word for "come" (not the usual verb) is one which almost always in the New Testament, as in classical Greek, carries with it the sense of anticipation, "getting before others." (See Note on Matthew 12:28.) And this is obviously St. Paul's meaning. "We were the first to come," he says, "as working within our limits; the very fact that we did so come being a proof of it." They (his rivals) came afterwards, and were intruders. On Corinth, as the then limit of his work, see Note on the preceding verse.

Verse 14. - As though we reached not unto you. In including you within the reach of our measuring line, we are guilty neither of presumption nor of intrusion. Your Church is a part of our legitimate province and range of work (Acts 18:1, 4). We are come as far as to you; rather, we anticipated others in coming to you; "we were the first to come as far as unto you." To St. Paul belonged the undisputed glory of having first introduced the gospel into the regions of Macedonia and Achaia. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure,.... They did not go beyond the bounds set them by the purpose and providence of God, by going to Corinth; nor did they boast of things without their measure, when they spoke of their labours, and of the success of their ministrations among them; nor did they assume and arrogate to themselves what did not belong to them, when they claimed an authority over them, and a right of exercising their apostolical office among them:

as though we reached not unto you; by right, or according to the will of God, and the measuring line and bounds he drew and fixed for them:

for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the Gospel of Christ. The case is clear, it is a plain matter of fact, that they were not only come to other places, where they had preached the Gospel, and planted churches, but as far as to Corinth also, where they came "in, by, or with the Gospel of Christ": not their own, or what was of their own invention, but Christ's; of which he is the author, minister, and subject; they did not come without something with them; they came with the good news and glad tidings of salvation by Christ; they came preaching the Gospel, which was owned for the conversion of many souls, and for the raising a very considerable church; all which was a full proof that they were of right, and not by usurpation, come to them; that they had not thrusted themselves in, where they had no business, and consequently still retained a power over them. 14. "We are not stretching ourselves beyond our measure, as (we should be) if we did not reach unto you: (but we do), for as far as even to you have we come in preaching the Gospel."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.
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