Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Such will we be also.—As a verb of some kind must be supplied, it would be better to give the present: Such are we. It is not so much a threat of what will happen in a particular instance as a statement of the general consistent character of his life.2 Corinthians 10:11-12. Let such a one, whoever he be, think this — Reckon upon this as a certain fact; that such as we are in word by letters — However weighty and powerful they may be; when we are absent, such — The same also; will we be in deed, or action, when we are present — Our deeds will fully correspond to our words, and we shall do something to vindicate these pretences, if their speedy repentance do not prevent it. For we dare not, &c. — As if he had said, I, whose appearance and speech are so contemptible, cannot presume to make myself of the number, or to equal myself, as a partner of the same office, or to compare myself with some that commend themselves — As a partaker of the same labour! A strong irony. But they, measuring themselves by themselves — That is, by their own opinion of themselves, and making it the only standard whereby to judge of themselves; are not wise — Do not understand themselves, nor see their own inferiority to the apostles, evangelists, and many other extraordinary or even ordinary ministers of Christ. The meaning is, that the false teachers, in their conversations among themselves, measured or estimated themselves not according to their real worth, but according to the opinion which they had formed of themselves. They looked continually on themselves, surveying their own great imaginary qualifications, but not considering the vastly superior abilities of many others; and so formed a disproportionate opinion of themselves. And this is everywhere one of the greatest sources of pride.
such will we be—or "are," in general, not merely shall we be at our next visit.2 Corinthians 11:4 whom the apostle would have to know and conclude with himself, and of which he might fully assure himself, that such as we are in word by letters, when we are absent, such will be also in deed, when we are present: he threatens the calumniator, that he should find him, to his sorrow, the same man present as absent; that what he sent by letters, should be found to be fact, when he came again; whose coming would not be with all that tenderness and gentleness, as when he first preached the Gospel to them, for which there was then a reason; since he and others had swerved from the truths of the Gospel, and the right ways of God, which would require the severity he threatened them with, and the execution of which might be depended upon. Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)2 Corinthians 10:11. After 2 Corinthians 10:10 a full stop is to be put (see on 2 Corinthians 10:9), so that now, without any connecting particle, but with the more striking force, there follows what is suggested for the consideration of the person judging in such wis.
τοιοῦτοι καὶ παρόντες τῷ ἔργῳ] sc. ἐσμέν. Such a double part we do not play.2 Corinthians 10:11. τοῦτο λογιζέσθω κ.τ.λ.: let such an one, sc., as makes comments of the kind just quoted, reckon this, that (cf. constr. 2 Corinthians 10:7) what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such are we also in deed when we are present.such a one] i.e. the man who speaks in this way. See note on ch. 2 Corinthians 2:7.
that, such as we are in word by letters] It is evident that St Paul’s opponents were not very measured in their opposition to him. Not only did they deny his Apostolic authority (1 Corinthians 9:1; 1 Corinthians 9:6), not only did they ridicule his appearance, but they even charged him with the grossest cowardice. For nothing is more contemptible than to utter loud threats when at a distance, and to subside into silence and meekness when confronted with an adversary. See note on. 2 Corinthians 10:1.2 Corinthians 10:11. Τῷ λόγῳ, in word) In antithesis to τῷ ἔργῳ, in deed.Verse 11. - Such a one. A formula used to avoid mentioning a special name (see note on 2 Corinthians 2:7). Such will we be; rather, such are we. The verb is not expressed, but it would have been if the future tense had been intended. In this verse St. Paul is not saying what he would do hereafter, but is rebutting with calmness and dignity the false charge that he was in any way different when absent from what he was when present.
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