2 Corinthians 12:1-10 NIV

Paul’s Vision and His Thorn

1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

References for 2 Corinthians 12:1

      2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.

      References for 2 Corinthians 12:2

      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 up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.

      References for 2 Corinthians 12:4

      5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

      References for 2 Corinthians 12:5

          6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, 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,

          References for 2 Corinthians 12:6

          7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

          References for 2 Corinthians 12:7

              8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

              References for 2 Corinthians 12:8

              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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

              References for 2 Corinthians 12:9

              10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

              References for 2 Corinthians 12:10