2 Corinthians 10:18
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New International Version
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

New Living Translation
When people commend themselves, it doesn't count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.

English Standard Version
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Berean Study Bible
For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

Berean Literal Bible
For the one commending himself, this one is not approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

New American Standard Bible
For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

King James Bible
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one the Lord commends.

International Standard Version
It is not the person who commends himself who is approved, but the person whom the Lord commends.

NET Bible
For it is not the person who commends himself who is approved, but the person the Lord commends.

New Heart English Bible
For it is not he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it is not he who praises himself who is approved, but he whom THE LORD JEHOVAH shall praise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It isn't the person who makes his own recommendation who receives approval, but the person whom the Lord recommends.

New American Standard 1977
For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is not he that commends himself that is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

King James 2000 Bible
For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

American King James Version
For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

American Standard Version
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For not he who commendeth himself, is approved, but he, whom God commendeth.

Darby Bible Translation
For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

English Revised Version
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Webster's Bible Translation
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Weymouth New Testament
For it is not the man that commends himself who is really approved, but he whom the Lord commends.

World English Bible
For it isn't he who commends himself who is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

Young's Literal Translation
for not he who is commending himself is approved, but he whom the Lord doth commend.
Study Bible
Paul's Apostolic Authority
17Rather, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
Cross References
Proverbs 27:2
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Romans 2:29
No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise does not come from men, but from God.

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

2 Corinthians 3:1
Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you?

2 Corinthians 10:12
We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they show their ignorance.
Treasury of Scripture

For not he that commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.

not.

2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves …

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

2 Corinthians 5:12 For we commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion …

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD ponders the hearts.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and …

Luke 16:15 And he said to them, You are they which justify yourselves before …

Luke 18:10-14 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and …

approved.

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

2 Corinthians 13:7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil; not that we should appear …

Acts 2:22 You men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved …

Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and …

Romans 16:10 Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' …

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved …

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not …

but.

Matthew 25:20-23 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five …

John 5:42-44 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you…

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that …

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

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

(18) For not he that commendeth himself is approved.--Again, as in 2Corinthians 10:12 and five earlier passages (see reference there), we trace the impression which the stinging taunt had left on St. Paul's mind. In the word "approved" there is possibly a reference to what had been said in 1Corinthians 11:19. He had meant something more by it than meeting with men's approval.

Verse 18. - But whom the Lord commendeth (comp. 1 Corinthians 3:13, 14; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Proverbs 27:2).



For not he that commendeth himself is approved,.... Such may be said to commend themselves, who ascribe that to themselves, which do not belong to them; as that they are the ministers of Christ, and sent forth by him, when they are not; who boast that they have large ministerial gifts, when they have none; and of their great service and usefulness, when it is all the produce of other men's labours; and what they have and do, they wholly impute to their own power and industry, and not to the grace and power of God: now such persons are neither approved by God, nor good men; for their own self-commendation stands for nothing, and is so far from being acceptable to God or men, that it must be nauseous and disagreeable; see Proverbs 27:2.

But whom the Lord commendeth: they are approved by God and men, and they are such whom he highly honours, as he did Paul, by counting them faithful; and putting them into the ministry, by qualifying them for his service, by assisting them in it, and making them abundantly useful for the good of souls, and the glory of his name: by all which he bears a testimony to them, and shows his approbation of them, and at last will say, well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord. 18. (Pr 27:2).

whom the Lord commendeth—to whom the Lord has given as His "Epistle of commendation," the believers whom he has been the instrument of converting: as was Paul's case (2Co 3:1-3).

is approved—can stand the test of the final trial. A metaphor from testing metals (Ro 16:10; 1Co 11:19). So on the other hand those finally rejected by the Lord are termed "reprobate silver" (Jer 6:30). 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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