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2 Corinthians 10:16

    2 Corinthians 10:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    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.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    so as to preach the gospel even unto the parts beyond you, and not to glory in another's province in regard of things ready to our hand.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that we may be able to go on and take the good news to countries still farther away than you are, and not take credit for another man's work in making things ready to our hand.

    Webster's Revision

    so as to preach the gospel even unto the parts beyond you, and not to glory in another's province in regard of things ready to our hand.

    World English Bible

    so as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    so as to preach the gospel even unto the parts beyond you, and not to glory in another's province in regard of things ready to our hand.

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 10:16

    Gospel - Good news.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 10:16

    To preach the Gospel in the regions beyond you - He probably refers to those parts of the Morea, such as Sparta, etc., that lay southward of them; and to Italy, which lay on the west; for it does not appear that he considered his measure or province to extend to Libya, or any part of Africa. See the Introduction, Section 12.

    Not to boast in another man's line - So very scrupulous was the apostle not to build on another man's foundation, that he would not even go to those places where other apostles were labouring. He appears to think that every apostle had a particular district or province of the heathen world allotted to him, and which God commissioned him to convert to the Christian faith. No doubt every apostle was influenced in the same way; and this was a wise order of God; for by these means the Gospel was more quickly spread through the heathen provinces than it otherwise would have been. The apostles had deacons or ministers with them whose business it was to water the seed sown; but the apostles alone, under Christ, sowed and planted.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 10:16

    To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you - What regions are referred to here can be only a matter of conjecture. It may be that he wished to preach in other parts of Greece, and that he designed to go to Arcadia or Lacedaemon. Rosenmuller supposes that as the Corinthians were engaged in commerce, the apostle hoped that by them some tidings of the gospel would reach the countries with which they were engaged in traffic. But I think it most probable that he alludes to Italy and Spain. It is certain that he had formed the design of visiting Spain Romans 15:24, Romans 15:28; and he doubtless wished the Corinthians to aid him in that purpose, and was anxious to do this as soon as the condition of the eastern churches would allow it.

    And not to boast in another man's line of things ... - Margin, "Rule," the same word (κανὼν kanōn) which occurs in 2 Corinthians 10:13. The meaning is, that Paul did not mean to boast of what properly belonged to others. He did not claim what they had done as his own. He did not intend to labor within what was properly their bounds, and then to claim the field and the result of the labor as his. He probably means here to intimate that this had been done by the false teachers of Corinth; but so far was he from designing to do this, that he meant soon to leave Corinth, which was properly within his limits, and the church which he had founded there, to go and preach the gospel to other regions. Whether Paul ever went to Spain has been a question (see the note on Romans 15:24); but it is certain that he went to Rome, and that he preached the gospel in many other places after this besides Corinth.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 10:16

    10:16 In the regions beyond you - To the west and south, where the gospel had not yet been preached.