2 Corinthians 12

1 It is not advantageous 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 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. 3 And I know such a man (whether in the body or outside of the body, I do not know; God knows), 4 that he was seized up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not legal for man to speak. 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. 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. 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. 8 I pleaded with the Lord three-times in regard to this thing, in order that it might withdraw from me. 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. 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.
11 I have become a boasting fool. You* urged me to it. For* I ought to be commended by you*; for* I lacked in nothing over those preeminent apostles, even if I am nothing. 12 Indeed the signs of an apostle were worked among you* in all endurance, in signs and wonders and miracles. 13 For* in what is it that you* were lesser, beyond the rest of the congregations*, except in that I myself did not encumber you*? Forgive* me this unrighteousness! 14 Behold, I hold ready to come to you* the third-time, and I will not be encumbering you*; for* I am not seeking the things of you*, but you*; for* the children ought not to store up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 Now I will gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of your* souls; even if, when loving* you* even-more, means I am loved* even-less. 16 But let it be so, nevertheless, I did not burden you*. But, being* crafty, I took you* with treachery. 17 Anyone of whom I have sent to you*, I did not take-advantage of you* through him, did I? 18 I encouraged Titus and I sent the brother together with him. Did Titus take-advantage of any of you*? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same footprints?
19 Again, do you* think that we are defending ourselves to you*? We speak in Christ in God's sight. But beloved, all things are on behalf of your* building up. 20 For* I am fearing, lest, if I came, I should find you* such-as I do not will and I myself might be found by you* such-as you* do not will; lest there should be strifes, jealousies, furies, selfish ambitions, slanderers, malicious whisperers, arrogant-people, unrests; 21 lest having come again, my God will humble me before you* and I should mourn for many of those who have sinned before and did not repent upon the uncleanness and fornication and unbridled-lusts in which they practiced.

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