2 Corinthians 12:4-14 NAS

4 was 1caught up into 2Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.

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5 3On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my 4weaknesses.

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6 For if I do wish to boast I will not be 5foolish, 6for 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 7revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a 8thorn in the flesh, a 9messenger of Satan to atorment me-to keep me from exalting myself!

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8 Concerning this I implored the Lord 10three times that it might leave me.

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9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for 11power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather 12boast babout my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

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10 Therefore 13I am well content with weaknesses, with cinsults, with 14distresses, with 15persecutions, with 16difficulties, 17for Christ's sake; for 18when I am weak, then I am strong.

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11 I have become 19foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for 20in no respect was I inferior to the dmost eminent apostles, even though 21I am a nobody.

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12 The e22signs fof a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by gsigns and wonders and hmiracles.

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    • Ì 12:12 - Or "attesting miracles"
    • Í 12:12 - Lit "of the apostle"
    • Î 12:12 - Or "attesting miracles"
    • Ï 12:12 - Or "works of power"
      13 For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that 23I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me 24this wrong!

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      14 Here 25for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I 26will not be a burden to you; for I 27do not seek what is yours, but 28you; for 29children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but 30parents for their children.