2 Corinthians 12:6-16 NRS

6 But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me,
7 even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep a me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. b

References for 2 Corinthians 12:7

    • Œ 12:7 - Other ancient authorities read [To keep]
    •  12:7 - Other ancient authorities lack [to keep me from being too elated]
      8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me,
      9 but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power c is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

      References for 2 Corinthians 12:9

        • Ž 12:9 - Other ancient authorities read [my power]
          10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
          11 I have been a fool! You forced me to it. Indeed you should have been the ones commending me, for I am not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing.
          12 The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, signs and wonders and mighty works.
          13 How have you been worse off than the other churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!
          14 Here I am, ready to come to you this third time. And I will not be a burden, because I do not want what is yours but you; for children ought not to lay up for their parents, but parents for their children.
          15 I will most gladly spend and be spent for you. If I love you more, am I to be loved less?
          16 Let it be assumed that I did not burden you. Nevertheless (you say) since I was crafty, I took you in by deceit.