1Now 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: 2But 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. 3For 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;) 5Casting 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; 6And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 7Do 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. 8For 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: 9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 11Let 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. 12For 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. 13But 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. 14For 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: 15Not 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, 16To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s line of things made ready to our hand. 17But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 18For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Bulus ya kāre aikinsa
1Ni Bulus da kaina, ina roƙonku albarkacin tawali’u da sanyin hali na Kiristi, ni da ake yi wa kirari “marar tsanani” a cikinku, amma “mai matsawa” sa’ad da nake rabe da ku! 2Ina roƙonku cewa sa’ad da na zo kada ku tilasta ni in matsa muku, gama na tabbata zan iya tsaya wa waɗanda suka ce abin da muke yi sha’anin duniya ne. 3Ko da yake muna cikin duniya, ba ma yaƙi kamar yadda duniya take yi. 4Makaman da muke yaƙi da su, ba makamai na duniya ba ne. Sai dai na ikon Allah ne, masu rushe wuraren mafaka masu ƙarfi. 5Muna ka da masu gardama da kowane tunanin ɗaga kai da yake kafa kansa gāba da sanin Allah, muna kuma jan hankalin kowa ga bautar Kiristi. 6A shirye muke mu hori kowane rashin biyayya, sa’ad da biyayyarku ta cika.
7Kuna duban abubuwa bisa-bisa ne kawai. In wani ya ganin cewa shi na Kiristi ne, ya kamata yă sāke lura cewa kamar yadda yake na Kiristi, haka mu ma muke. 8Ko da zan yi gadara fiye da kima a game da izinin nan namu, wanda Ubangiji ya bayar saboda inganta ku, ba don rushe ku ba, ba ni da abin jin kunya a ciki. 9Ba na so yă zama kamar ina ƙoƙari in tsorata ku ne da wasiƙuna. 10Gama waɗansu suna cewa, “Wasiƙunsa suna da nauyi da kuma ƙarfi, amma kuwa in ka gan shi, ba shi da wani kwarjini, maganarsa kuma ba kome ba ce.” 11Ya kamata irin waɗannan mutane su gane cewa abin da muke faɗa a cikin wasiƙunmu sa’ad da ba ma nan tare da ku, shi muke aikatawa sa’ad da muke nan.
12Ba za mu yi ƙarfin halin lissafta kanmu, ko mu kwatanta kanmu da waɗansu masu yabon kansu ba. Sa’ad da suke gwada kansu da kansu, da kuma kwatanta kansu da kansu, ba su da hikima. 13Amma mu kam, ba za mu yi taƙama mu zarce iyakarmu ba, sai dai za mu yi taƙama cikin filin da Allah ya ƙayyade mana, filin kuwa ya kai har zuwa wurinku. 14Ba mu wuce gona da iri a taƙamarmu ba, kamar yadda zai zama, da a ce ba mu zo wurinku ba, gama mun kai har wurinku da bisharar Kiristi. 15Fahariyarmu ba fiye da yadda ya kamata take ba, ba tă kuma shafi aikin waɗansu ba. Sai dai muna sa zuciya bangaskiyarku ta riƙa ƙaruwa, ta haka kuma fagen aikinmu a cikinku yă riƙa ƙaruwa ƙwarai da gaske. 16Saboda mu iya yin wa’azin bishara a yankunan da suke gaba da ku. Gama ba ma so mu yi taƙama game da aikin da aka riga aka yi a sashen wani. 17Amma, “Duk mai yin taƙama, sai ya yi taƙama da Ubangiji.” 18Ai, ba mai yabon kansa ake amincewa da shi ba, sai dai wanda Ubangiji ya yaba wa.