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2 Corinthians 10:10 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For, His letters, they say, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For [his] letters, say they, [are] weighty and powerful; but [his] bodily presence [is] weak, and [his] speech contemptible.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.”
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For [his] letters (say they) [are] weighty and powerful; but [his] bodily presence [is] weak, and [his] speech contemptible.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— because his letters, he says, [are] weighty and strong, but his presence in the body weak, and his speech naught.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Because, The letters, it is true (saith one), are weighty and strong, but, the presence of the body, is weak, and, the discourse, contemptible;—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'because the letters indeed—saith one—[are] weighty and strong, and the bodily presence weak, and the speech despicable.'
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— (For his epistles indeed, say they, are weighty and strong; but his bodily presence is weak and his speech contemptible):
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For his letters (say they) are waighty and powerfull, but [his] bodily presence is weake, and his speach contemptible.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For there are men who say, His epistles are weighty and forcible; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For there are some who say, [His] epistles are weighty and forcible, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
[his] letters, 1992
{1992} Prime
ἐπιστολή
epistole
{ep-is-tol-ay'}
From G1989; a written message.
3303
{3303} Prime
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
say x5346
(5346) Complement
φημί
phemi
{fay-mee'}
Properly the same as the base of G5457 and G5316; to show or make known one's thoughts, that is, speak or say.
they, y5346
[5346] Standard
φημί
phemi
{fay-mee'}
Properly the same as the base of G5457 and G5316; to show or make known one's thoughts, that is, speak or say.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
[are] weighty 926
{0926} Prime
βαρύς
barus
{bar-ooce'}
From the same as G0922; weighty, that is, (figuratively) burdensome, grave.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
powerful; 2478
{2478} Prime
ἰσχυρός
ischuros
{is-khoo-ros'}
From G2479; forcible (literally or figuratively).
but 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
[his] bodily 4983
{4983} Prime
σῶμα
soma
{so'-mah}
From G4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively.
presence 3952
{3952} Prime
παρουσία
parousia
{par-oo-see'-ah}
From the present participle of G3918; a being near, that is, advent (often, return; specifically of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physical aspect.
[is] weak, 772
{0772} Prime
ἀσθενής
asthenes
{as-then-ace'}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and the base of G4599; strengthless (in various applications, literally, or figuratively and morally).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
[his] speech 3056
{3056} Prime
λόγος
logos
{log'-os}
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
contemptible. 1848
{1848} Prime
ἐξουθενέω
exoutheneo
{ex-oo-then-eh'-o}
A variation of G1847 and meaning the same.
z5772
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 10:10

_ _ letters — implying that there had been already more letters of Paul received by the Corinthians than the one we have, namely, First Corinthians; and that they contained strong reproofs.

_ _ say theyGreek, “says one,” “such a one” (2 Corinthians 10:11) seems to point to some definite individual. Compare Galatians 5:10; a similar slanderer was in the Galatian Church.

_ _ weak — (2 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Corinthians 2:3). There was nothing of majesty or authority in his manner; he bore himself tremblingly among them, whereas the false teachers spoke with authoritative bearing and language.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 10:7-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 10:10

His bodily presence is weak — His stature, says St. Chrysostom, was low, his body crooked, and his head bald.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 10:10

For [his] letters, say (g) they, [are] weighty and powerful; but [his] bodily presence [is] weak, and [his] speech contemptible.

(g) He notes out those who were the cause of these words.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
say they:
Gr. saith he,
2 Corinthians 10:11 Let 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.

but:

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now 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:
2 Corinthians 12:5-9 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. ... And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
1 Corinthians 2:3-4 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. ... And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
Galatians 4:13-14 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. ... And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, [even] as Christ Jesus.

and his:

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though [I be] rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child.
1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Corinthians 2:1-4 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. ... And my speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
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Ex 4:10. Jr 1:6. 1Co 1:17, 21; 2:1, 3. 2Co 10:1, 11; 11:6; 12:5. Ga 4:13.

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