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2 Corinthians 12:1-11 (New International Version)

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Paul's Vision and His Thorn

1 I must go on boasting.1 Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations2 from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ3 who fourteen years ago was caught up4 to the third heaven.5 Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows.6 3 And I know that this man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows-- 4 was caught up7 to paradise.8 He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.9 6 Even if I should choose to boast,10 I would not be a fool,11 because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say. 7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations,12 there was given me a thorn in my flesh,13 a messenger of Satan,14 to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.15 9 But he said to me, "My grace16 is sufficient for you, for my power17 is made perfect in weakness.18"19 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight20 in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,21 in persecutions,22 in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.23

Paul's Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself,24 but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles,"25 even though I am nothing.26
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