So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us(A) for building you up rather than tearing you down,(B) I will not be ashamed of it.

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10 See, today I appoint you over nations(A) and kingdoms to uproot(B) and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”(C)

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29 “Is not my word like fire,”(A) declares the Lord, “and like a hammer(B) that breaks a rock in pieces?

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10 This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh(A) in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.(B)

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