2 Corinthians 12
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1BOASTING is proper, but there is no advantage in it, and I prefer to relate the visions and revelations of our LORD. 2I knew a man in Christ more than fourteen years ago, but whether I knew him in the body or without the body, I do not know: God knows; this very one was caught up to the third heaven. 3And I still know this man, but whether in the body or whether without the body, I cannot tell; God knows; 4How that he was caught up to paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5Of such a person, I will boast; but of myself, I will not boast, except in my weaknesses. 6But even if I would desire to boast, I shall not be a fool; for I will tell the truth: but now I refrain, lest any one should think more of me than what he sees me to be and what he hears from me.

7And lest I should be exalted through the abundance of the revelations, there was delivered to me a thorn in my flesh, the angel of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted. 8Three times I besought my LORD concerning this thing, that it might depart from me. 9And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore I would rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I am content with infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, and imprisonments for Christ’s sake: for when I am physically weak, then I am mentally strong.

11Behold, I am foolish to boast but you have forced me: for you ought to have testified concerning me: for in no way am I less than those apostles who are highly honored, though I am nothing. 12The miracles which the apostles have wrought I have wrought among you also in all patience, in signs, in wonders, and mighty deeds. 13For what do you lack that other churches have, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this “fault”!

14Behold, this is the third time I am prepared to come to you; and I will not burden you; for I seek nothing from you, but yourselves: for children are not under obligation to lay up treasure for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15I will gladly pay my expenses, and I will even give myself for the sake of your souls; though the more I love you, the less you love me. 16But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless as a shrewd man, I caught you with guile: 17Why? Did I extort anything from you by any of the men whom I sent to you? 18I requested Titus to visit you, and I sent brethren with him. Did Titus extort anything from you? Did we not walk in the same spirit, and did we not walk in the same steps?

19Why? Do you still think we are apologizing? No! We speak before God in Christ: and we do all these things, my beloved, for your edification. 20For I fear, lest when I come to you, I shall not find you such as I wish to find you, and that you also will not find me as you wish to find me: lest there be controversies, envyings, angers, stubbornness, accusations, slanderings, boastings and disorders. 21Perhaps when I come to you, my God will humble me, and I will mourn over many who have sinned, and who have not repented of the impurity, immorality, and lasciviousness which they have committed.

Holy Bible From The Ancient Eastern Texts: Aramaic Of The Peshitta by George M. Lamsa (1933)

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