2 Corinthians 12

Paul’s Vision

a Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and b revelations
Or from
of the Lord.
I know a man d in Christ who fourteen years agowhether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know e God knowssuch a man was f caught up to the g third heaven. And I know how such a manwhether in the body or apart from the body I do not know h God knows was i caught up into j Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. k On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my l weaknesses. For if I do wish to boast I will not be m foolish n for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.

A Thorn in the Flesh

Because of the surpassing greatness of the o revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a p thorn in the flesh, a q messenger of Satan to
Lit beat
torment me— to keep me from exalting myself!
Concerning this I implored the Lord s three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for t power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather u boast
Lit in
about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
10 Therefore w I am well content with weaknesses, with
Or mistreatment
insults, with y distresses, with z persecutions, with aa difficulties ab for Christ’s sake; for ac when I am weak, then I am strong.

11 I have become ad foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for ae in no respect was I inferior to the
Or super-apostles
most eminent apostles, even though ag I am a nobody.
12 The
Or attesting miracles
ai signs
Lit of the apostle
of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by
Or attesting miracles
signs and wonders and
Or works of power
13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that am I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me an this wrong!

14 Here ao for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I ap will not be a burden to you; for I aq do not seek what is yours, but ar you; for as children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but at parents for their children. 15 I will au most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If av I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But be that as it may, I aw did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I ax took you in by deceit. 17  ay  Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? 18 I az urged ba Titus to go, and I sent bb the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not
Lit walk
conduct ourselves
Or by the same Spirit
in the same be spirit and walk bf in the same steps?

19 All this time
Or have you been thinking...?
you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually bh it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and bi all for your upbuilding bj beloved.
20 For I am afraid that perhaps bk when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be bl strife, jealousy bm angry tempers bn disputes bo slanders bp gossip bq arrogance br disturbances; 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have bs sinned in the past and not repented of the bt impurity
I.e. sexual immorality
immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.
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