Modern Literal Version
[2 Corinthians 12]
12:1 It is not advantageous for me to boast! For* I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 12:2 I know a man in Christ, who fourteen years before, (whether in the body, I do not know or outside of the body, I do not know; God knows), such a one was seized up to the third heaven.12:3 And I know such a man (whether in the body or outside of the body, I do not know; God knows), 12:4 that he was taken away into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not legal for man to speak. 12:5 I will be boasting on behalf of such a one, but I will not be boasting on my own behalf, except in my weaknesses. 12:6 For* if I wish to boast, I will not be foolish; for*I will be speaking the truth, but I am refraining because no one should reason of me beyond what he sees from me or hears something out of me. 12:7 And, in order that I should not promote myself by the excellence of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of the Adversary, in order that it might batter me, in order that I should not promote myself. 12:8 I pleaded with the Lord three-times in regard to this thing, in order that it might withdraw from me. 12:9 And he has said to me, My grace is enough for you; for* my power is completed in weakness. Therefore I will rather gladly be boasting in my weaknesses, in order that the power of the Christ might reside upon me. 12:10 Hence I am delighting in weaknesses, in insults, in calamities, in persecutions, in distresses, on behalf of Christ; for* whenever I am weak, then I am mighty.
12:11 I have become a boasting fool. YouĎ urged me to it. For* I ought to have been commended by youĎ; for* I lacked in nothing over those preeminent apostles, even if I am nothing. 12:12 Indeed the signs of an apostle were worked among youĎ in all endurance, in signs and wonders and miracles. 12:13 For* in what is it that youĎ were lesser, beyond the rest of the congregations*, except in that I myself did not encumber youĎ? Forgive* me this unrighteousness!
12:14 Behold, I hold ready to come to youĎ the third-time, and I will not be encumbering youĎ; for* I am not seeking the things of youĎ, but youĎ; for* the children ought not to store up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 12:15 Now I will gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of yourĎ souls; even if, when loving* youĎ even-more, means I am loved* even-less. 12:16But let it be so, nevertheless, I did not burden youĎ. But, being* crafty, I took youĎ with treachery.12:17By anyone whom I have sent to youĎ. I did not take-advantage of youĎin anything through him, did I? 12:18 I encouraged Titus and I sent the brother together with him. Did Titus take-advantage of any of youĎ? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same footprints?
12:19 Again, do youĎ think that we are defending ourselves to youĎ? We speak in Christ in God's sight. But beloved, all things are on behalf of yourĎ building up. 12:20 For* I am fearing, lest, when* I come, I should find youĎ such-as I do not will and I myself might be found by youĎ such-as youĎ do not will; lest there should be strifes, jealousies, furies, selfish ambitions, slanderers, malicious whisperers, arrogant-people, unrests; 12:21 lest again when* I come my God will humble me before youĎ and I should mourn for many of those who have sinned before and have not repented upon the uncleanness and fornication and unbridled-lusts in which they practiced.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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