Do you look at things according to outward appearance? Paul’s first rhetorical question is perhaps the theme of my reading. Do we judge according to what we see? Do we jump to unnecessary conclusions about people because of personal preference? Paul has an ongoing battle with the church in Corinth because of many false outside leaders coming in, those involved in Judaism and those with 'eloquent' speech and wealth, who judge him on his outward appearance. By this is was Paul’s lack of 'Eloquence' in his writings, his outward circumstances and afflictions. They want to take away Paul’s authority and challenge his motives by attacking him personally trying to degrade him. However Paul’s heart is not to try and raise himself and to glorify himself but rather he is more concerned at the state of the church. Paul’s writes in verse 17, but he who glories let him glory in the Lord...that is to say don't glory in the earthly things that glorify ourselves but glory in the things of God.