2 Corinthians 12:9-19 NIV

9 But he said to me, "My grace1 is sufficient for you, for my power2 is made perfect in weakness.3"4 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 delight5 in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,6 in persecutions,7 in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.8

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Paul's Concern for the Corinthians

11 I have made a fool of myself,9 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,"10 even though I am nothing.11

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12 The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles12--were done among you with great perseverance.

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13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you?13 Forgive me this wrong!14

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14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,15 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,16 but parents for their children.17

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15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.18 If I love you more,19 will you love me less?

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16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.20 Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!

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17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?
18 I urged21 Titus22 to go to you and I sent our brother23 with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?

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19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God24 as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,25 is for your strengthening.26

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