2 Corinthians 12
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Paul’s Revelation

1Indeed it is not profitable to me to boast. For I will come to visions and Revelation of the Lord. 2I knew a man in Christ before fourteen years, (whether in the body, I know not; whether out of the body, I know not: God knows;) such a one having been carried off even to the third heaven. 3And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, whether out of the body, I know not: God knows;) 4That he was carried off into paradise, and heard words not to be told, which it was not permitted man to speak.

Paul’s Thorn and God’s Grace

5Of such a one will I boast: and of myself I will not boast, except in my weakness. 6For if I be willing to boast, I shall not be mad; for the truth will I say: and I spare, lest any reckon for me above what he sees me, or what he hears of me.

7And lest I be lifted up by the eminence of Revelation, a thorn in the flesh was given me, a messenger of Satan, that he might cuff me, lest I be lifted up. 8For this thrice besought I the Lord, that it remove away from me. 9And he said to me, My grace suffices thee: for my power is perfected in weakness. Therefore very willingly will I boast rather in my weaknesses, that Christ's power may lodge upon me. 10Therefore am I contented in weaknesses, in reproaches, in necessities in expulsions, in extremities for Christ: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

11I have been mad boasting; ye forced me: for I ought to have been recommended by you: for I was not greatly inferior to the sent, if also I am nothing. 12Surely the signs of one sent was wrought in you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and powers. 13For what is it which ye were inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself acted not with negligence to you? favor me for this injustice.

14Behold, I have prepared to come to you the third time; and I will not act with negligence to you: for I seek not your things, but you: for children ought not to treasure up for parents, but parents for children. 15And I very willingly will expend and be expended for your souls; if also loving you more abundantly, the less I should be loved. 16And let it be, I overloaded you not: but being dexterous, I took you by contrivance. 17Not any of whom I have sent to you have I by him taken advantage of you. 18I called for Titus, and sent with a brother. Has Titus taken advantage of you? walked we not in the same spirit? not in the same steps?

19Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves to you? before God in Christ we speak: and all things, beloved, for your building up. 20For I am afraid, lest somehow, having come, I find you not such; as I will, and I find you such as ye wish not: lest somehow, strifes, jealousies, wraths, intrigues, calumnies, whisperings, inflations, derangements: 21Lest, coming again, my God should humble me with you, and I shall mourn for many of them having sinned before, and not having repented for uncleanness, and fornication, and licentiousness which they committed.

The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments; Translated Literally From The Original Tongues by Julia E. Smith

Section Headings Courtesy Berean Bible

2 Corinthians 11
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