Your faith might increase (2 Cor. 10:15)

“We do not boast

Beyond limits

In other men’s labors.

But our hope is that,

As your faith increases,

Our sphere of action

Among you

May be abundantly

And greatly enlarged.”

οὐκ εἰς τὰ ἄμετρα καυχώμενοι ἐν ἀλλοτρίοις κόποις, ἐλπίδα δὲ ἔχοντες αὐξανομένης τῆς πίστεως ὑμῶν ἐν ὑμῖν μεγαλυνθῆναι κατὰ τὸν κανόνα ἡμῶν εἰς περισσείαν,

Paul said that we do not boast beyond limits (οὐκ εἰς τὰ ἄμετρα καυχώμενοι) in other men’s labors (ἐν ἀλλοτρίοις κόποις).  But our hope (ἐλπίδα) is that, as your faith increases (δὲ ἔχοντες αὐξανομένης τῆς πίστεως ὑμῶν), our sphere of action (κατὰ τὸν κανόνα ἡμῶν) among you (ἐν ὑμῖν) may be abundantly (εἰς περισσείαν) and greatly enlarged (μεγαλυνθῆναι).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἄμετρα, that means without measure, not measurable, immeasurable, to a limitless degree, and the word κανόνα, that means a rule, regulation, rule of conduct or doctrine, a measured defined area, or province.  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχώμενοι, that means to boast or exult proudly.  Paul did not want to boast beyond limits in building on other men’s labors.  However, his hope was that as their faith increased, he might be able to greatly enlarge his work among the Corinthians.  Paul did not want to interfere with any other Christian apostles.  However, at the same time, he did not want anyone else interfering with his work.  He really hoped that the Corinthians would deepen their faith, so that he could help to increase or enlarge their belief in Jesus Christ.  Are you trying to enlarge or deepen your faith in Jesus Christ?

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