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

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2 I know a man in Christ1 who fourteen years ago was caught up2 to the third heaven.3 Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows.4 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 up5 to paradise.6 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.7 6 Even if I should choose to boast,8 I would not be a fool,9 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,10 there was given me a thorn in my flesh,11 a messenger of Satan,12 to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.13 9 But he said to me, "My grace14 is sufficient for you, for my power15 is made perfect in weakness.16"17 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 delight18 in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,19 in persecutions,20 in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.21

Paul's Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself,22 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,"23 even though I am nothing.24 12 The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles25--were done among you with great perseverance.
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