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Paul’s Vision

1 aBoasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and brevelations Iof the Lord. 2 I know a man ain Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, bGod knows—such a man was ccaught up to the dthird heaven. 3 And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, aGod knows4 was acaught up into bParadise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 5 aOn behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to [my] bweaknesses. 6 For if I do wish to boast I will not be afoolish, bfor I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain [from this], so that no one will credit me with more than he sees [in] me or hears from me.

[1] IOr from a2Co 11:16, 18, 30; 12:5, 9 b1Co 14:6; 2Co 12:7; Ga 1:12; 2:2; Ep 3:3
[2] aRo 16:7 b2Co 11:11 cEzk 8:3; Ac 8:39; 2Co 12:4; 1Th 4:17; Rv 12:5 dDt 10:14; Ps 148:4; Ep 4:10; He 4:14
[3] a2Co 11:11
[4] aEzk 8:3; Ac 8:39; 2Co 12:2; 1Th 4:17; Rv 12:5 bLk 23:43
[5] a2Co 12:1 b1Co 2:3; 2Co 12:9f
[6] a2Co 5:13; 11:16f; 12:11 b2Co 7:14

A Thorn in the Flesh

7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the arevelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a bthorn in the flesh, a cmessenger of Satan to Itorment me—to keep me from exalting myself! 8 Concerning this I implored the Lord athree times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for apower is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather bboast Iabout my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore aI am well content with weaknesses, with Iinsults, with bdistresses, with cpersecutions, with bdifficulties, dfor Christ’s sake; for ewhen I am weak, then I am strong.

[7] ILit beat a2Co 12:1 bNu 33:55; Ezk 28:24; Ho 2:6 cJb 2:6; Mt 4:10; 1Co 5:5
[8] aMt 26:44
[9] ILit in a1Co 2:5; Ep 3:16; Php 4:13 b1Co 2:3; 2Co 12:5
[10] IOr mistreatment aRo 5:3; 8:35 b2Co 6:4 c2Th 1:4; 2Ti 3:11 d2Co 5:15, 20 e2Co 13:4

11 ¶ I have become afoolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for bin no respect was I inferior to the Imost eminent apostles, even though cI am a nobody. 12 The Iasigns IIof a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by Isigns and wonders and IIImiracles. 13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that aI myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me bthis wrong!

[11] IOr super-apostles a2Co 5:13; 11:16f; 12:6 b1Co 15:10; 2Co 11:5 c1Co 3:7; 13:2; 15:9
[12] IOr attesting miracles IILit of the apostle IIIOr works of power aJn 4:48; Ro 15:19; 1Co 9:1
[13] a1Co 9:12, 18; 2Co 11:9; 12:14 b2Co 11:7

14 ¶ Here afor this third time I am ready to come to you, and I bwill not be a burden to you; for I cdo not seek what is yours, but dyou; for echildren are not responsible to save up for [their] parents, but fparents for [their] children. 15 I will amost gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If bI love you more, am I to be loved less? 16 But be that as it may, I adid not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I btook you in by deceit. 17 a[Certainly] I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? 18 I aurged bTitus [to go], and I sent cthe brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not Iconduct ourselves IIin the same dspirit [and walk] ein the same steps?

[14] a2Co 1:15; 13:1, 2 b1Co 9:12, 18; 2Co 11:9; 12:13 c1Co 10:24, 33 d1Co 9:19 e1Co 4:14f; Ga 4:19 fPv 19:14; Ezk 34:2
[15] aRo 9:3; 2Co 1:6; Php 2:17; Col 1:24; 1Th 2:8; 2Ti 2:10 b2Co 11:11
[16] a2Co 11:9 b2Co 11:20
[17] a2Co 9:5
[18] ILit walk IIOr by the same Spirit a2Co 8:6 b2Co 2:13 c2Co 8:18 d1Co 4:21 eRo 4:12

19 ¶ All this time Iyou have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. [Actually], ait is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and ball for your upbuilding, cbeloved. 20 For I am afraid that perhaps awhen 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] bstrife, jealousy, cangry tempers, ddisputes, eslanders, fgossip, garrogance, hdisturbances; 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have asinned in the past and not repented of the bimpurity, Iimmorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

[19] IOr have you been thinking...? aRo 9:1; 2Co 2:17 bRo 14:19; 2Co 10:8; 1Th 5:11 cHe 6:9
[20] a1Co 4:21; 2Co 2:1-4 b1Co 1:11; 3:3 cGa 5:20 dRo 2:8; 1Co 11:19 eRo 1:30; Jm 4:11; 1P 2:1 fRo 1:29 g1Co 4:6, 18; 5:2 h1Co 14:33
[21] II.e. sexual immorality a2Co 13:2 b1Co 6:9, 18; Ga 5:19; Col 3:5


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For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations,

1 ¶ It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but [now] I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me [to be], or [that] he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

[1] Nu 12:6; Ezk 1:1; 11:24; Dn 10:5; Jol 2:28; Jn 16:7; 18:14; Ac 9:10; 18:9; 22:17; 23:11; 26:13; 1Co 6:12; 10:23; 2Co 8:10; 11:16; 12:7, 11; Ga 1:12; 2:2; 1Jn 5:20.
[2] Gn 1:14; 1K 8:27; 18:12; 2K 2:16; Is 45:24; 57:15; Ezk 8:1; 11:24; Lk 24:51; Jn 6:56; 15:4; 17:21; Ac 8:39; 14:6; 22:17; Ro 8:1; 16:7; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:6, 17, 21; 11:11; 12:3, 4, 5; 13:5; Ga 1:22; 5:6; Php 1:22; 1Th 4:17; He 9:24; Rv 1:10; 4:2; 12:5.
[4] Ezk 31:9; Lk 23:43; Rv 2:7.
[5] 2Co 11:30; 12:2, 9.
[6] Jb 24:25; Ro 9:1; 1Co 3:5, 9; 2Co 1:18; 10:8, 9; 11:16, 31; 12:7.
[7] Gn 32:25, 31; Dt 8:14; 17:20; Jg 2:3; 2Ch 26:16; 32:25, 31; Jb 2:7; Ezk 28:24; Dn 5:20; Mt 26:67; Lk 13:16; 1Co 4:11; 5:5; 2Co 10:5; 11:20; 12:1; Ga 4:13; 1Ti 3:6.
[8] Dt 3:23; 1S 15:11; 2S 12:16; Ps 77:2; Mt 20:21; 26:39; He 5:7.

yet he rather chooseth to glory of his infirmities,

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

[9] Ex 3:11; 4:10; Dt 33:25; Jsh 1:9; 2K 2:15; Ps 8:2; Is 4:5; 11:2; 35:3; 40:29; 41:13; 43:2; Jr 1:6; Dn 10:16; Zp 3:17; Mt 5:11; 10:19; 28:18, 20; Lk 21:15; 1Co 10:13; 15:10; 2Co 3:5; 11:30; 12:5, 10, 15; Ep 3:16; Php 4:13; Col 1:11, 28; 1Ti 1:14; He 4:16; 11:34; 1P 4:13.
[10] Lk 6:22; Jn 15:21; Ac 5:41; Ro 5:3; 8:35; 1Co 4:10; 2Co 1:4; 4:5, 8, 11, 17; 7:4; 10:18; 11:23; 12:9; 13:4, 9; Ep 6:10; Php 1:29; 2:17; Col 1:24; Jm 1:2; 1P 1:6; 4:13; Rv 2:3.

blaming them for forcing him to this vain boasting.

11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. 13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except [it be] that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.

[11] Lk 17:10; 1Co 3:4, 7, 22; 15:8; 2Co 1:6; 11:1, 5, 16; 12:12; Ga 2:6; Ep 3:8.
[12] Ro 15:18; 1Co 1:5; 9:2; 14:18; 2Co 4:2; 6:4; 11:4, 6.
[13] 1Co 9:6, 12, 15; 2Co 11:7, 8; 12:14.

He promiseth to come to them again: but yet altogether in the affection of a father,

14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not 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 you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18 I desired Titus, and with [him] I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? [walked we] not in the same steps? 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but [we do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

[14] Gn 24:35; 31:14; Pv 11:30; 13:22; 19:14; Ac 20:33; 1Co 4:14, 19; 10:33; 11:34; 16:5; 2Co 1:15; 13:1; Php 4:1, 17; 1Th 2:5, 8, 11, 19; 1P 5:2.
[15] 2S 13:39; 17:1; 18:33; Jn 10:10; 1Co 4:8; 2Co 1:6, 14; 2:3; 6:12; 7:3; 12:9, 14; Ga 4:10; Php 2:17; Col 1:24; 1Th 2:8; 2Ti 2:10; He 13:17.
[16] 2Co 1:12; 4:2; 7:2; 10:2; 11:9; 12:13; 1Th 2:3, 5; 1P 2:3.
[17] 2K 5:16, 20; 1Co 4:17; 16:10; 2Co 12:18.
[18] Nu 16:15; 1S 12:3; Ne 5:14; Ac 20:33; Ro 4:12; 2Co 2:12; 7:2, 6; 8:6, 16, 18; Php 2:19; 1P 2:21.
[19] Ro 9:1; 12:19; 1Co 9:12; 10:14, 33; 14:26; 2Co 3:1; 5:12, 13; 7:1; 10:8; 11:10, 31; 12:15; 13:10; Php 4:1.

although he feareth he shall to his grief find many offenders and publick disorders there.

20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 21 [And] lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and [that] I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

[20] Ps 41:7; Pv 16:28; Ro 1:29; 1Co 1:11; 3:3; 4:6, 18; 5:3; 6:7; 11:16; 14:36; 2Co 1:23; 2:1; 10:2, 6, 8; 12:21; 13:2, 9, 10; Ga 5:15, 19, 26; Ep 4:31; Jm 3:14; 4:1; 1P 2:1; 2P 2:18; Jde 1:16.
[21] Ex 32:31; Dt 9:15, 25; 1S 15:35; Ezr 9:3; 10:1; Ps 119:136; Jr 9:1; 13:17; Lk 9:41; Ro 9:2; 13:13; 1Co 5:1, 9; 6:9, 15; 2Co 2:1, 5; 7:9; 8:24; 9:3; 10:6; 12:7; 13:2; Ga 5:19; Ep 5:5; Php 3:18; Col 3:5; 1Th 4:3; He 13:4; 1P 4:2; 2P 2:10, 18; Jde 1:7, 23; Rv 21:8; 22:15, 20.


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