2 Corinthians 12:1-10 NAS

Paul's Vision

1 1Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and 2revelations aof the Lord.

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2 I know a man 3in Christ who fourteen years ago -whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, 4God knows -such a man was 5caught up to the 6third heaven.

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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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4 was 8caught up into 9Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

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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.

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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 btorment 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 cabout my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

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10 Therefore 20I am well content with weaknesses, with dinsults, with 21distresses, with 22persecutions, with 23difficulties, 24for Christ's sake; for 25when I am weak, then I am strong.

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