2 Corinthians 12
1 It is really not profitable for me to boast, for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows); such a one was caught up to the third Heaven.
3 And I know such a man (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows);
4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard unspeakable words, which it is not
lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such a one I will exult; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.
6 For though I might desire to boast, I will not be foolish, for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, that no one should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.
7 And so that I should not be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations,
a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan that he might buffet me, that I
should not be made haughty.
8 Concerning this thing I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me.
9 And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in
weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather exult in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may dwell upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in
distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have become foolish in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been
commended by you; for in nothing was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, though I
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in
signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong.
14 Now the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you;
for I do not seek what is yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the
parents, but the parents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly
I love you, the less I am loved.
16 But be that as it may, I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning.
17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you?
18 I urged Titus, and sent our brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did
we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
19 Again, do you think that we defend ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ.
But we do all things, beloved, for your edification.
20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be
found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of
wrath, selfish ambitions, evil speakings, whisperings, conceits, commotions;
21 that it not be, when I come again, that my God will humble me among you, and I
shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness,
sexual perversities, and licentiousness which they have practiced.