2 Corinthians 12
Paul’s Vision1 a Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and b revelations ▼
▼ Or fromof the Lord. 2 I know a man d in Christ who fourteen years ago— whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know e God knows— such a man was f caught up to the g third heaven. 3 And I know how such a man— whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know h God knows— 4 was i caught up into j Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 5 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. 6 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 Flesh7 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 beattorment me— to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord s three times that it might leave me. 9 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 inabout my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore w I am well content with weaknesses, with ▼
▼ Or mistreatmentinsults, 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-apostlesmost eminent apostles, even though ag I am a nobody. 12 The ▼
▼ Or attesting miracles, ai signs ▼
▼ Lit of the apostleof a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by ▼
▼ Or attesting miraclessigns and wonders and ▼
▼ Or works of powermiracles. 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 walkconduct ourselves ▼
▼ Or by the same Spiritin 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 immoralityimmorality and sensuality which they have practiced.
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