2 Corinthians 12:1
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New International Version
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

New Living Translation
This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord.

English Standard Version
I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

King James Bible
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Boasting is necessary. It is not profitable, but I will move on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

International Standard Version
I must boast, although it does not do any good. Let's talk about visions and revelations from the Lord.

NET Bible
It is necessary to go on boasting. Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is necessary to boast, but it is not beneficial, for I myself come to visions and revelations of Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I must brag, although it doesn't do any good. I'll go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Certainly it is not expedient for me to glory, but I will come to the visions and the revelations of the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
It is not expedient for me doubtless to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

American King James Version
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

American Standard Version
I must needs glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I must glory (it is not expedient indeed): but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Well, it is not of profit to me to boast, for I will come to visions and revelations of [the] Lord.

English Revised Version
I must needs glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
I am compelled to boast. It is not a profitable employment, but I will proceed to visions and revelations granted me by the Lord.

World English Bible
It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. For I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
To boast, really, is not profitable for me, for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-6 There can be no doubt the apostle speaks of himself. Whether heavenly things were brought down to him, while his body was in a trance, as in the case of ancient prophets; or whether his soul was dislodged from the body for a time, and taken up into heaven, or whether he was taken up, body and soul together, he knew not. We are not capable, nor is it fit we should yet know, the particulars of that glorious place and state. He did not attempt to publish to the world what he had heard there, but he set forth the doctrine of Christ. On that foundation the church is built, and on that we must build our faith and hope. And while this teaches us to enlarge our expectations of the glory that shall be revealed, it should render us contented with the usual methods of learning the truth and will of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. This rendering follows the best-attested reading; but it is at least doubtful whether, instead of δεῖ or δὲ, the ironic δὴ of Κ, Μ, and the Greek Fathers is not the true reading. In mere vowel variations, especially in passages where the meaning does not lie on the surface, the diplomatic (external) evidence is less important. If St. Paul wrote δὴ, it means, "of course it is not expedient for me to boast." I will come; for I will come; if the reading of D is correct. In that case it is hardly possible to define the counter currents of feeling which caused the use of the conjunction. Visions and revelations. The word used for "visions" means presentations perceived in a state which is neither sleeping nor waking, but which are regarded as objective; "revelations" are the truths apprehended as a result of the visions. Optasia, for "visions," only occurs elsewhere in Luke 1:22; Luke 24:23; Acts 26:19 (comp. Galatians 2:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It is not expedient doubtless for me to glory,.... Though it was lawful for him to glory, and was necessary in the present circumstances of things, in vindication of himself, and to preserve the Corinthians from being carried away with the insinuations of the false apostles; and so for the honour and interest of Christ and the Gospel; yet it was not expedient on some other accounts, or profitable and serviceable to himself; he might find that it tended to stir up pride, vanity, and elation of mind in him, and might be interpreted by others as proud boasting and vain glorying; wherefore he chose to drop it, and pass on to another subject; or rather though it was not expedient to proceed, yet, before he entirely quitted it, he thought it proper to say something of the extraordinary appearances of God unto him. Some copies, and the Vulgate Latin version, read, "if there was need of glorying, it is not indeed expedient"; the Syriac version, "there is need of glorying, but it is not expedient"; and the Arabic version, "neither have I need to glory, nor is it expedient for me: I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord"; such as the Lord had made to him, and not man; and which were not the fruit of his own fancy, or the delusions of Satan; but were from the Lord Jesus Christ, and his glory. The apostle might very well speak of "visions" or heavenly appearances, since he was favoured with many; his conversion was owing to a vision or appearance of Christ to him, whom he saw with his bodily eyes, and heard him speaking to him, and which he calls "the heavenly vision"; at another time when at Troas, a vision appeared to him in the night, and a man of Macedonia stood and prayed him to come over and help them; and when at Corinth the Lord spoke to him by a vision, and bid him not be afraid, but go on preaching the Gospel, because he had much people there to be brought in through his ministry: and as for revelations, besides what are ordinary and common to all believers, he had extraordinary ones; the Gospel and the scheme of it, the knowledge of the several particular doctrines of it, were not attained to by him in the common way, but he had them by the revelation of Jesus Christ; the several mysterious parts of it, particularly that of the calling of the Gentiles, to which might be added, the change that will be upon the living saints at Christ's second coming, were made known to him by revelation; and sometimes in this extraordinary way he was directed to go to such or such a place, as at a certain time he went up to Jerusalem by "revelation", where he was to do or suffer many things for the sake of Christ: though he had no revelation of anything that was different from, and much less contrary to the Gospel, and as it was preached by the other apostles; for there was an entire agreement between him and them in their ministry; see Galatians 2:2, and these visions and revelations were for his instruction, direction, and encouragement in the ministration of the Gospel; and being of an extraordinary nature, were suitable to those extraordinary times, and not to be expected in an ordinary way, nor is there any need of them now; besides, these were visions and revelations of the Lord, and not the effects of enthusiasm, and a warm imagination, nor diabolical delusions, or the pretensions and cheats of designing men; and were for the confirmation and establishment of the Gospel, and not to countenance a new scheme, or introduce a new dispensation; wherefore all visions and revelations men pretend to, which are for such a purpose, are to be despised and rejected.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 12

2Co 12:1-21. Revelations in Which He Might Glory: But He Rather Glories in Infirmities, as Calling Forth Christ's Power: Signs of His Apostleship: His Disinterestedness: Not That He Is Excusing Himself to Them; but He Does All for Their Good, lest He Should Find Them Not Such as He Desired, and So Should Have to Be Severe at His Coming.

1. He proceeds to illustrate the "glorying in infirmities" (2Co 11:30). He gave one instance which might expose him to ridicule (2Co 11:33); he now gives another, but this one connected with a glorious revelation of which it was the sequel: but he dwells not on the glory done to himself, but on the infirmity which followed it, as displaying Christ's power. The oldest manuscripts read, "I MUST NEEDS boast (or glory) though it be not expedient; for I will come." The "for" gives a proof that it is "not expedient to boast": I will take the case of revelations, in which if anywhere boasting might be thought harmless. "Visions" refers to things seen: "revelations," to things heard (compare 1Sa 9:15) or revealed in any way. In "visions" their signification was not always vouchsafed; in "revelations" there was always an unveiling of truths before hidden (Da 2:19, 31). All parts of Scripture alike are matter of inspiration; but not all of revelation. There are degrees of revelation; but not of inspiration.

of—that is, from the Lord; Christ, 2Co 12:2.

2 Corinthians 12:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Revelation
1Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-- whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- such a man was caught up to the third heaven.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:6
Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?

2 Corinthians 11:16
I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.

2 Corinthians 11:18
Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.

2 Corinthians 12:5
I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

2 Corinthians 12:7
or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Galatians 1:12
I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

Ephesians 3:3
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.

1 Thessalonians 4:15
According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
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It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

expedient.

2 Corinthians 8:10 And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have …

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I …

John 18:14 Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was …

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient: all …

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all …

to glory.

2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; you have compelled me: for I ought …

2 Corinthians 11:16-30 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool …

I will come. Gr. For I will come. visions.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Ezekiel 1:1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in …

Ezekiel 11:24 Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision by the …

Daniel 10:5-10 Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed …

Joel 2:28,29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit …

Acts 9:10-17 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and …

Acts 18:9 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, …

Acts 22:17-21 And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even …

Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good …

Acts 26:13-19 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the …

Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by …

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel …

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, …

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