Boasting (2 Cor. 10:8)

“Even if I boast

A little too much

About our authority,

Which the Lord gave

For building you up

And not for destroying you,

I will not be ashamed of it.”

ἐάν τε γὰρ περισσότερόν τι καυχήσωμαι περὶ τῆς ἐξουσίας ἡμῶν, ἧς ἔδωκεν ὁ Κύριος εἰς οἰκοδομὴν καὶ οὐκ εἰς καθαίρεσιν ὑμῶν, οὐκ αἰσχυνθήσομαι,

Paul said that even if I boast a little too much (ἐάν τε γὰρ περισσότερόν τι καυχήσωμαι) about our authority (περὶ τῆς ἐξουσίας ἡμῶν), which the Lord gave me (ἧς ἔδωκεν ὁ Κύριος) for building you up (εἰς οἰκοδομὴν) and not for destroying you (καὶ οὐκ εἰς καθαίρεσιν ὑμῶν), I will not be ashamed of it (οὐκ αἰσχυνθήσομαι).  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσωμαι, that means to boast or exult proudly.  Only this Corinthian letter used this word καθαίρεσιν, that means a pulling down, razing, or destroying.  Normally, Paul does not boast about himself but rather the Corinthians.  However, here Paul was not ashamed to boast about his own authority.  Someone must have been complaining about him.  He got his authority from the Lord Jesus.  He was trying to build up the Corinthian Christian group.  He was not trying to destroy it like some unnamed others.  Do you help to build a community up or are you trying to tear it down?

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