2 Corinthians 12:4
New International Version
was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.

New Living Translation
that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.

English Standard Version
and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.

Berean Study Bible
was caught up into Paradise. The things he heard were too sacred for words, things that man is not permitted to tell.

Berean Literal Bible
that he was caught up into Paradise, and he heard inexpressible words, not being permitted to man to speak.

New American Standard Bible
was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

King James Bible
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Christian Standard Bible
was caught up into paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a human being is not allowed to speak.

Contemporary English Version
But he was taken up into paradise, where he heard things too wonderful to tell.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
was caught up into paradise. He heard inexpressible words, which a man is not allowed to speak.

International Standard Version
was snatched away to Paradise and heard things that cannot be expressed in words, things that no human being has a right even to mention.

NET Bible
was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak.

New Heart English Bible
how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a human to utter.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who was snatched up to Paradise and heard words that are unspeakable, because it is not authorized for a man to speak them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
was snatched away to paradise where he heard things that can't be expressed in words, things that humans cannot put into words. I don't know whether this happened to him physically or spiritually. Only God knows.

New American Standard 1977
was caught up into Paradise, and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

King James 2000 Bible
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

American King James Version
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

American Standard Version
how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That he was caught up into paradise, and heard secret words, which it is not granted to man to utter.

Darby Bible Translation
that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable things said which it is not allowed to man to utter.

English Revised Version
how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Webster's Bible Translation
That he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Weymouth New Testament
God knows--was caught up into Paradise and heard unspeakable things which no human being is permitted to repeat.

World English Bible
how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Young's Literal Translation
that he was caught away to the paradise, and heard unutterable sayings, that it is not possible for man to speak.
Study Bible
Paul's Revelation
3And I know that this man—whether in the body or out of it I do not know, but God knows— 4was caught up into Paradise. The things he heard were too sacred for words, things that man is not permitted to tell. 5I will boast about such a man, but I will not boast about myself, except in my weaknesses.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 8:3
He stretched out what looked like a hand and took me by the hair of my head. Then the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and carried me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes jealousy was located.

Luke 23:43
And Jesus said to him, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

Acts 8:39
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing.

1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal.

2 Corinthians 12:2
I 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.

1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.

Revelation 12:5
And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.

Treasury of Scripture

How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

paradise.

Ezekiel 31:9
I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.

Luke 23:43
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Revelation 2:7
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

lawful.







Lexicon
was caught up
ἡρπάγη (hērpagē)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 726: To seize, snatch, obtain by robbery. From a derivative of haireomai; to seize.

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

Paradise.
Παράδεισον (Paradeison)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3857: Paradise. Of Oriental origin; a park, i.e., an Eden.

[The things] he heard
ἤκουσεν (ēkousen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

[were] too sacred
ἄρρητα (arrēta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 731: Not to be uttered (because too sacred), secret, unspeakable, unspoken. Unsaid, i.e. inexpressible.

for words,
ῥήματα (rhēmata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4487: From rheo; an utterance, ; by implication, a matter or topic; with a negative naught whatever.

things that
(ha)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

man
ἀνθρώπῳ (anthrōpō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

is not permitted
ἐξὸν (exon)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1832: It is permitted, lawful, possible.

to tell.
λαλῆσαι (lalēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2980: A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, i.e. Utter words.
(4)That he was caught up into paradise.--The stress laid on this second vision hinders us from thinking of it as identical with the former, either in time or in object-matter. Paradise (see Note on Luke 23:43) was emphatically the dwelling-place of the souls of the righteous, the reproduction in the unseen world of the lost beauty of the Garden of Eden--the "paradise of joy," as the LXX. in Genesis 2:15 translates the name. There, flowing about the throne of God, was the fountain of the water of life, and the tree of life growing on its banks (Revelation 2:7; Revelation 22:1-2). Speculations on the question whether St. Paul thought of it as nearer or farther from earth than the third heaven are obviously idle and profitless. The nearest approach which we can make to an adequate distinction between the two visions is that the first revealed to his gaze the glory of the Throne of God, with angels and archangels round it, and seraphim and cherubim,--a vision like that of Moses (Exodus 24:10), and Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-3), and Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:4-28), and St. John (Revelation 4:2-11)--thoughts like those of Hooker's death-bed (Walton's Life)--while the latter brought before his spirit the peace and rest ineffable, even in their intermediate and therefore imperfect state, of the souls who had fallen asleep in Christ and were waiting for their resurrection.

Unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.--The first two words present the tone of a paradox--speech unspeakable, or utterances unutterable. The verb in the second clause hovers between the text, "it is not lawful" and "it is not possible." The hymns which St. John records in Revelation 4:8-9; Revelation 5:12-14; Revelation 7:12; Revelation 15:3, may give us some faint approach to what dwelt in St. Paul's memory and yet could not be reproduced. Sounds of ineffable sweetness, bursts of praise and adoration, hallelujahs like the sound of many waters, voices low and sweet as those of children, whispers which were scarcely distinguishable from silence and yet thrilled the soul with a rapturous joy--this we may, perhaps, think of as underlying St. Paul's language. In the mystic ecstatic utterances of the Tongues--themselves needing an interpreter, and helping little to build up those who heard them, though they raised the life of those who spoke with them to a higher level--we may, perhaps, trace some earthly echoes of that heavenly music. (See Notes on Acts 2:4; 1Corinthians 14:2.)

Verse 4. - Into Paradise. Here, again, we encounter long speculations as to whether Paradise is the same as the third heaven; whether St.,Paul is referring to two visions or two parts of one vision. Such questions are clearly insoluble, and I leave them where I find them. We shall never understand this passage otherwise than in the dim and vague outline in which St. Paul has purposely left it. All that we can know from the New Testament about Paradise must be learnt from this verse and Luke 23:43 and Revelation 2:7, and it is extremely little. Unspeakable words. A figure of speech called an oxymoron. Utterances (or "things") incapable of utterance. Not lawful for a man to utter. How futile, then, must be the attempt to guess what they were, or on what subject! 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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