2 Corinthians 12:7-17 NAS

A Thorn in the Flesh

7 Because of the surpassing greatness of the 1revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a 2thorn in the flesh, a 3messenger of Satan to atorment me-to keep me from exalting myself!

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8 Concerning this I implored the Lord 4three times that it might leave me.

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9 And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for 5power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather 6boast babout my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

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10 Therefore 7I am well content with weaknesses, with cinsults, with 8distresses, with 9persecutions, with 10difficulties, 11for Christ's sake; for 12when I am weak, then I am strong.

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11 I have become 13foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for 14in no respect was I inferior to the dmost eminent apostles, even though 15I am a nobody.

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12 The e16signs 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 17I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me 18this wrong!

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      14 Here 19for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I 20will not be a burden to you; for I 21do not seek what is yours, but 22you; for 23children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but 24parents for their children.
      15 I will 25most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If 26I love you more, am I to be loved less?

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      16 But be that as it may, I 27did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I 28took you in by deceit.

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      17 29Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I?

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