“It is not those
Who commend themselves
That are approved,
Whom the Lord commends.”
οὐ γὰρ ὁ ἑαυτὸν συνιστάνων, ἐκεῖνός ἐστιν δόκιμος, ἀλλὰ ὃν ὁ Κύριος συνίστησιν.
Paul said that it was not those who commended themselves (οὐ γὰρ ὁ ἑαυτὸν συνιστάνων) that are approved (ἐκεῖνός ἐστιν δόκιμος), but those whom the Lord commends (ἀλλὰ ὃν ὁ Κύριος συνίστησιν). Paul maintained that people should not commend themselves. Only the Lord can commend people that are approved. In other words, those false apostles should not be commending themselves. The Lord is the one who approves or disapproves. The Lord, not humans, commends people after they have been tested and tried. Do you commend yourself?