2 Corinthians 10:18
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
You may brag about yourself, but the only approval that counts is the Lord's approval.

Good News Translation
For it is when the Lord thinks well of us that we are really approved, and not when we think well of ourselves.

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 with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 3:1
Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

2 Corinthians 5:12
For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart.

approved.

2 Corinthians 6:4
But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

2 Corinthians 13:7
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

Acts 2:22
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

but.

Matthew 25:20-23
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more…

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

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







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

it is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

the [one]
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

who commends
συνιστάνων (synistanōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4921: To place together, commend, prove, exhibit; instrans: I stand with; To be composed of, cohere.

himself
ἑαυτὸν (heauton)
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

[who is]
ἐκεῖνός (ekeinos)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

approved,
δόκιμος (dokimos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1384: Approved, acceptable, tried. From dokeo; properly, acceptable, i.e. Approved.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

the one whom
ὃν (hon)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord
Κύριος (Kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

commends.
συνίστησιν (synistēsin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4921: To place together, commend, prove, exhibit; instrans: I stand with; To be composed of, cohere.
(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).



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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