'Rather' in the Bible
It is not that we are trying to rule over your faith, but rather to work with you for your joy, because you have been standing firm in the faith.
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
By ourselves we are not qualified to claim that anything comes from us. Rather, our credentials come from God,
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much rather the ministry of righteousness abounds in glory.
For if that annulled was introduced with glory, much rather that which abides subsists in glory.
For we do not preach ourselves, but rather Jesus the Messiah as Lord, and ourselves as merely your servants for Jesus' sake.
For while we are still in this tent, we groan under the burden and sigh deeply (weighed down, depressed, oppressed) -- "not that we want to put off the body (the clothing of the spirit), but rather that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal (our dying body) may be swallowed up by life [ after the resurrection].
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in the outward appearance rather than in the heart.
For this reason we have been encouraged. And we the rather rejoiced in our encouragement more abundantly by reason of the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.
I am not saying this as a command. Rather, by means of the diligence of others, I am testing the genuineness of your love.
Not that others should have relief while you have hardship. Rather, it is a question of fairness.
For even though I boast rather freely about our power and authority, which the Lord gave for your upbuilding and not for demolishing you, yet I shall not be put to shame [for exceeding the truth],
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.
Now I'm ready to visit you for a third time, and I will not bother you for help. I do not want your things, but rather you yourselves. Children should not have to support their parents, but parents their children.
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