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Am base. This expression is supposed to refer to some personal peculiarities of the apostle, such as have often characterized men of uncommon intellect, and which are more distinctly alluded to in 2 Corinthians 10:10.
That I may not be bold; that I may not have cause to be bold.--Confidence; severity.--Walked according to the flesh; acted in an unchristian manner.
Walk in the flesh; have our sphere of labor and warfare in this world.
To revenge; to condemn and punish.
Say they; that is, the enemies of Paul among the Corinthians.--His bodily presence, &c. Tradition states that Paul was small of stature, pale and emaciated in countenance, and of a form bent and unsymmetrical. This seems to have been made matter of reproach against him by his enemies.
The measure of the rule; the extent of the commission.
Beyond our measure; beyond our proper sphere.
That we shall be enlarged by you, &c. The meaning, is that, when their faith was established, he hoped that, through their instrumentality, there would be an extension of the kingdom of Christ into the surrounding regions.
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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 10". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 13 / Ordinary 18