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2 Corinthians 12 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Paul’s Visions and His Thorn

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:1 - I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:2 - I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:3 - And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:4 - and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:5 - On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:6 - though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:7 - So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[fn] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:8 - Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:9 - But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:10 - For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Concern for the Corinthian Church

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:11 - I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:12 - The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:13 - For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:14 - Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:15 - I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:16 - But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:17 - Did I take advantage of you through any of those whom I sent to you?

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:18 - I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not act in the same spirit? Did we not take the same steps?

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:19 - Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? It is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ, and all for your upbuilding, beloved.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:20 - For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 12:21 - I fear that when I come again my God may humble me before you, and I may have to mourn over many of those who sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and sensuality that they have practiced.
ESV Footnotes
Or hears from me, even because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations. So to keep me from becoming conceited
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