2 Corinthians 12:1
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.

Berean Study Bible
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to gain, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
It behooves me to boast; it is not profitable indeed, but 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
I have to brag. There is nothing to be gained by it, but I must brag about the visions and other things that the Lord has shown me.

Good News Translation
I have to boast, even though it doesn't do any good. But I will now talk about visions and revelations given me by 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.

New Heart English Bible
It is necessary to boast, though it is not profitable. But I will come to visions and revelations of 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.

New American Standard 1977
Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of 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.
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Paul's Revelation
1I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to gain, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2I 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.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 14:6
Now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or teaching?

2 Corinthians 11:16
I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.

2 Corinthians 11:18
Since many are boasting according to the flesh, I too will boast.

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

2 Corinthians 12:7
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.

2 Corinthians 12:9
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.

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 set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I spoke privately to those recognized as leaders, for fear that I was running or had already run 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
By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep.

Treasury of Scripture

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, …







Lexicon
I must
δεῖ (dei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.

go on boasting.
Καυχᾶσθαι (Kauchasthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's Greek 2744: To boast; I glory (exult) proudly. From some base akin to that of aucheo and euchomai; to vaunt.

Although there is nothing to gain,
συμφέρον (sympheron)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4851: From sun and phero; to bear together, i.e. to collect, or to conduce; especially advantage.

I will go on
ἐλεύσομαι (eleusomai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2064: To come, go.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

visions
ὀπτασίας (optasias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3701: A vision, supernatural appearance. From a presumed derivative of optanomai; visuality, i.e. an apparition.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

revelations
ἀποκαλύψεις (apokalypseis)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 602: An unveiling, uncovering, revealing, revelation. From apokalupto; disclosure.

from [the] Lord.
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.
XII.

(1) It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come . . .--The English "doubtless" corresponds to a Greek illative particle. To boast, then, is not expedient for me. The MSS., however, present a considerable variety of readings. The best-authenticated text is probably that which would be represented in English by, I must needs glory. It is not, indeed, expedient, but I will come . . . The sequence of thought would seem to be that the Apostle felt constrained by the taunts of his opponents to indulge in what looked like self-assertion in vindication of his own character; that he was conscious, as he did so, that it was not, in the highest sense of the word, expedient for him; and that, under the influence of these mingled feelings, he passed over other topics on which he might have dwelt, and came at once to that which had been made matter of reproach against him.

Visions and revelations of the Lord.--It need scarcely be said that the history of the Acts is full of such visions (Acts 9:4-6; Acts 16:9; Acts 18:9; Acts 22:18; Acts 23:11; Acts 27:23). One other instance is referred to in Galatians 2:2. There is scarcely any room for doubt that this also had been made matter of reproach against him, and perhaps urged as a proof of the charge of madness. In the Clementine Homilies--a kind of controversial romance representing the later views of the Ebionite or Judaising party, in which most recent critics have recognised a thinly-veiled attempt to present the characteristic features of St. Paul under the pretence of an attack on Simon Magus, just as the writer of a political novel in modern times might draw the portraits of his rivals under fictitious names--we find stress laid on the alleged claims of Simon to have had communications from the Lord through visions and dreams and outward revelations; and this claim is contrasted with that of Peter, who had personally followed Christ during his ministry on earth (Hom. xvii. 14-20). What was said then, in the form of this elaborate attack, may well have been said before by the more malignant advocates of the same party. The charge of insanity was one easy to make, and of all charges, perhaps, the most difficult to refute by one who gloried in the facts which were alleged as its foundation--who did see visions, and did "speak with tongues" in the ecstasy of adoring rapture (1Corinthians 14:18). It may be noted as an instance of St. Luke's fairness that he, ignorant of, or ignoring, the charge of madness that had been brought against St. Paul, does not grudge the Apostle of the Circumcision whatever glory might accrue from a true revelation thus made through the medium of a vision (Acts 10:10-11).

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). 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.
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