I know a man in Christ fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or outside the body I do not know, God knows--such a man was caught up to the third heaven,
and I know this man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows--
that he was caught up to paradise and heard words not to be spoken, which [it is] not permitted for a person to speak.
On behalf of such a person I will boast, but on behalf of myself I will not boast, except in my weaknesses.
For if I want to boast, I will not be foolish, because I will be telling the truth, but I am refraining, so that no one can credit to me more than what he sees [in] me or hears anything from me,
even because of the extraordinary degree of the revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, in order that it would torment me so that I would not exalt myself.
Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would depart from me.
And he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, because thea power is perfected in weakness." Therefore rather I will boast most gladly in my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may reside in me.
Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in calamities, in persecutions and difficulties for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
I have become a fool! You compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you, for [I am] in no way inferior to the preeminent apostles,b even if I am nothing.
Indeed, the signs of an apostle have been done among you with all patient endurance, both signs and wonders and deeds of power.