2 Corinthians 12:1-7 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.

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      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.

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      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.

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

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          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,

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          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.

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