2 Corinthians 12

Paul's Visions and His Thorn

1 It is 1 doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to a visions and b revelations of the Lord: 2 I know a man c in Christ who fourteen years ago - whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows - such a one d was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man - whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows - 4 how he was caught up into e Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not f boast, except in my infirmities. 6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a g thorn in the flesh was given to me, h a messenger of Satan to 2 buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 i Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly j I will rather boast in my infirmities, k that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore l I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. m For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Concern for the Corinthian Church

11 I have become n a fool 3 in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for o in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though p I am nothing. 12 q Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and r wonders and mighty s deeds. 13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!

14 t Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for u I do not seek yours, but you. v For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent w for your souls; though x the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved. 16 But be that as it may, y I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning! 17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus, and sent our z brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?

19 a Again, 4 do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? b We speak before God in Christ. c But we do all things, beloved, for your edification. 20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that d I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; 21 lest, when I come again, my God e will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many f who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, g fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.

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