2 Corinthians 10:3
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New International Version
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

New Living Translation
We are human, but we don't wage war as humans do.

English Standard Version
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.

New American Standard Bible
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

King James Bible
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way,

International Standard Version
Of course, we are living in the world, but we do not wage war in a world-like way.

NET Bible
For though we live as human beings, we do not wage war according to human standards,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For even if we do walk in the flesh, on the other hand, we do not wage war according to the flesh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Of course we are human, but we don't fight like humans.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh

King James 2000 Bible
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh:

American King James Version
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

American Standard Version
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh

Douay-Rheims Bible
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

Darby Bible Translation
For walking in flesh, we do not war according to flesh.

English Revised Version
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh

Webster's Bible Translation
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh:

Weymouth New Testament
For, though we are still living in the world, it is no worldly warfare that we are waging.

World English Bible
For though we walk in the flesh, we don't wage war according to the flesh;

Young's Literal Translation
for walking in the flesh, not according to the flesh do we war,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:1-6 While others thought meanly, and spake scornfully of the apostle, he had low thoughts, and spake humbly of himself. We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies, and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only; and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are very powerful; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made against the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - We walk in the flesh. St. Paul does not disclaim the possession of human infirmities, but maintains that such trials and temptations were not the guiding force of his life. We do not war after the flesh. His campaigns (Luke 3:14) were fought with spiritual weapons. The metaphor is a constant one with St. Paul (2 Corinthians 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 9:26; Ephesians 6:10-17, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For though we walk in the flesh,.... The apostle removes the calumny of walking after the flesh, by owning that they were in the flesh, in the body, in a state of imperfection, attended with many weaknesses and infirmities, and surrounded with a variety of afflictions and sorrows; in this sense they were, and lived and walked in the flesh; but then he denies the charge exhibited against them,

we do not war after the flesh: every Christian's life is a warfare with Satan, and his principalities and powers, with the world, the men and lusts of it, and with the corruptions of their own hearts; and much more is the life of a minister of the Gospel, who is called forth to meet the adversary in the gate; to stand in the hottest place of the battle, and sustain the whole fire and artillery of the enemy; to fight the good fight of faith, endure hardness as a good soldier of Christ, and with the weapons he is furnished with to war a good warfare: which is not done "after the flesh"; in such a manner as the men of the world wage war with one another; or upon carnal principles; or with carnal selfish views; or in a weak way and manner; but in a spiritual way, with all simplicity and disinterested views, with great courage and intrepidity of mind.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. For—Reason why they should regard him "beseeching" them (2Co 10:2) not to oblige him to have recourse to "bold" and stern exercise of authority. "We walk IN the flesh," and so in weakness: but not "ACCORDING TO the flesh" (2Co 10:2). Moreover, though we WALK in it, we do not WAR according to it. A double contrast or antithesis. "They who accuse us of walking after the flesh, shall find [to their cost] that we do not war after the flesh; therefore compel us not to use our weapons" [Alford].

2 Corinthians 10:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul Defends his Ministry
2I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.…
Cross References
Romans 7:5
For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.

Romans 8:4
in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:17
Was I fickle when I intended to do this? Or do I make my plans in a worldly manner so that in the same breath I say both "Yes, yes" and "No, no"?
Treasury of Scripture

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

walk.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ …

1 Peter 4:1,2 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm …

we do.

2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through …

Romans 8:13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through …

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies …

2 Timothy 2:3,4 You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

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