2 Corinthians 12:5-15 NIV

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

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          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.

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          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.

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          Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians

          11 I have made a fool of myself, 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,”a even though I am nothing.

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            • t 12:11 - Or "the most eminent apostles"
              12 I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.

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              13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!

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              14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.

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              15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?

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