18 For it is not the one who commends himself(A) who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.(B)

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18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

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18 For it is not he who (A)commends himself that is approved, but he (B)whom the Lord commends.

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18 For it is not he who commends and praises himself who is approved [by God], but it is the one whom the Lord commends and praises.

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15-18 We’re not barging in on the rightful work of others, interfering with their ministries, demanding a place in the sun with them. What we’re hoping for is that as your lives grow in faith, you’ll play a part within our expanding work. And we’ll all still be within the limits God sets as we proclaim the Message in countries beyond Corinth. But we have no intention of moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it. “If you want to claim credit, claim it for God.” What you say about yourself means nothing in God’s work. It’s what God says about you that makes the difference.

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