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1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: 2 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's. 8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9 That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 11 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. 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. 13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. 14 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: 15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, 16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. 17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

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1 Cary W = "Thoughts like birds do appear before us like so many clouds in the sky of our mind.  With each imagination and high minded thought we bring captive to Christ, we not only transform our minds to remain in the peace and light of God, but we free the minds of all men along with our own."
2 Cary W = "This is the new man arising and the new Earth: one who knows not to battle the flesh, but by the Spirit of God do the internal warfare of casting down our own vain imaginations, every obstacle or power that weakens our faith in God and the Knowledge of Him.  We do this by bringing every thought, as if a captive, before Christ and the witness of the Spirit to either be accepted, purified or cast down."
3 Deena E = "What the heck is Paul talking about here? We naturally try to apply our own analyses, reasoning, reckoning and understanding to everything and it naturally occurs absent from the report of the Lord. In doing this, our thoughts, doubts, desires (imaginations) become exalted against the knowledge of God. This warefare begins in the mind. In Romans 7, Paul describes the flesh and spirit being constantly at war with one another and it throws the mind into confusion. This is an unseen war fought with unseen weapons. To win the internal war against the flesh (carnal) the believer has to literally take every thought trying to exalt itself against the knowledge of God and make it bow before and behold the cross (obedience of Christ)."
4 Cary W = "I wonder if Paul has stirred up some trouble for himself with the Corinthian church, for he has been pretty demanding of head coverings, rebuking them for following after the flesh, and generally doing a lot of correcting. Not much encouragement.We should always check our thoughts as mentioned earlier, for even if we think we speak for the Lord, we may still be adding some of our own words and commands.  We must continually be ever before Him in what we do and say."