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Paul's Vision

3 And I know how such a man -whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, 7God knows -

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5 10On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my 11weaknesses.

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6 For if I do wish to boast I will not be 12foolish, 13for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.

A Thorn in the Flesh

7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the 14revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a 15thorn in the flesh, a 16messenger of Satan to torment me-to keep me from exalting myself!

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8 Concerning this I implored the Lord 17three times that it might leave me.

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9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for 18power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather 19boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
12 The 29signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.

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    • f 12:12 - Or "attesting miracles"
    • g 12:12 - Lit "of the apostle"
    • h 12:12 - Or "attesting miracles"
    • i 12:12 - Or "works of power"
      13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that 30I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me 31this wrong!
      14 Here 32for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I 33will not be a burden to you; for I 34do not seek what is yours, but 35you; for 36children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but 37parents for their children.
      15 I will 38most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If 39I love you more, am I to be loved less?
      16 But be that as it may, I 40did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I 41took you in by deceit.

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      17 42Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I?

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      18 I 43urged 44Titus to go, and I sent 45the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same 46spirit and walk 47in the same steps?

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      19 All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, 48it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and 49all for your upbuilding, 50beloved.

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      21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have 59sinned in the past and not repented of the 60impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

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