2 Corinthians 12

Paul's Revelation

I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to gain, I will go on to visions and revelations from [the] Lord. I know a man in Christ [who] fourteen years ago was caught up to [the] third heaven. Whether [it was] in [the] body or out of [it] I do not know, [but] God knows. And I know that [this] man— whether in [the] body or out of [it] I do not know, [but] God knows— was caught up into Paradise. [The things] he heard [were] too sacred for words, things that man is not permitted to tell.

Paul's Thorn and God's Grace

I will boast about such a man, but I will not boast about myself, except in [my] weaknesses. Even if I wanted to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking [the] truth. But I refrain, [so] [no one] will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me, [or] with these surpassingly great revelations. So to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in [my] flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for [My] power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10  That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, [in] difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Concern for the Corinthians

11  I have become a fool, [but] you drove me [to it] . In fact, you should have commended me, since I am in no way inferior to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing. 12  The true marks of an apostle— signs, wonders, and miracles— were performed among you with great perseverance. 13  In what way were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was not a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong! 14  See, I am ready to come to you a third time, and I will not be a burden, because I am not seeking your [possessions] , but you. For children should not have to save up for [their] parents, but parents for [their] children. 15  And for the sake of your souls, I {will} most gladly spend my money and [myself] . If I love you more, will [you] love me less? 16  Be that as it may, I was not a burden to you; but crafty as I am, I caught you by trickery. 17  Did I overreach by anyone I sent you? 18  I urged Titus [to visit you] , and I sent [our] brother [with him] . {Did} Titus exploit you [in any way] ? Did we not walk in the same spirit [and follow] in the same footsteps? 19  Have you been thinking all along that we were making a defense to you? We speak before God in Christ, and all of [this] , beloved, [is] to build you up. 20  For I am afraid [that] when I come, I may not find you as I wish, and you may not find {me} as you wish. [I fear] that there may be quarreling, jealousy, rage, rivalry, slander, gossip, arrogance, [and] disorder. 21  [I am afraid that] when I come again, my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of their acts of impurity, sexual immorality, and debauchery.
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