2 Corinthians 12
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A Vision of Paradise

1It is necessary to boast, 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. 3And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows— 4was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 5On behalf of such a man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in weaknesses. 6For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will consider me beyond what he sees in me or hears from me.

A Thorn in the Flesh

7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to [†]torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with [†]insults, with distresses, with persecutions and hardships, for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Concern for the Corinthian Church

11I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the [†]most-eminent apostles, even if I am nothing. 12The [†]signs [†]of a true apostle were worked out among you with all perseverance, by [†]signs and wonders and [†]miracles. 13For in what respect were you treated as less than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? [†]Forgive me this wrong!

14Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you. For children ought not to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. 15So I will most gladly spend and be fully spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? 16But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself. Nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit. 17Have I taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you? 18I encouraged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? Did we not walk [†]in the same spirit—in the very same steps?

19All this time [†]you think we are defending ourselves to you. We speak in Christ in the sight of God. And all these things, beloved, are for your building up. 20For I am afraid that perhaps 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 strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances. 21I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality which they have practiced.

1 Or from
7 Lit beat
10 Or mistreatment
11 Or super-apostles
12 Or attesting miracles
12 Lit of the apostle
12 Or attesting miracles
12 Or works of power
13 Or Graciously forgive
18 Or by the same Spirit
19 Or have you been thinking...building up?

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