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2 Corinthians 12 TMBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is doubtless not expedient for me to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 1 I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ more than fourteen years ago (whether in the body I cannot tell, or whether out of the body I cannot tell -- God knoweth). Such a one was caught up to the third Heaven. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know--God knows.
3 And I knew such a man (whether in the body or out of the body I cannot tell -- God knoweth), 3 And I know that this man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows--
4 and how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 4 was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
5 Of such a one will I glory, yet of myself I will not glory, except in mine infirmities. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool, for I will say the truth. But now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or than he heareth of me. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
8 For this thing, I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficent for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I glory rather in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in privations, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
11 I have become a fool in glorying. Ye have compelled me, for I ought to have been commended by you. For in nothing am I inferior to the very chiefest apostles, though I am nothing. 11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. 12 The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles--were done among you with great perseverance.
13 For in what are ye inferior to other churches, unless it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong! 13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 Behold, for the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be burdensome to you, for I seek not yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 14 Now I am ready to visit you for the third time, and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved. 15 So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. If I love you more, will you love me less?
16 But be it so, I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. 16 Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!
17 Did I gain from you by any of those whom I sent unto you? 17 Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent you?
18 I desired Titus to go, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make any gain from you? Walked we not in the same spirit? Walked we not in the same steps? 18 I urged Titus to go to you and I sent our brother with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not act in the same spirit and follow the same course?
19 Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ; but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 19 Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.
20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you as ye would not, lest there be debates, envyings, wrath, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, boastings, tumults; 20 For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.
21 and lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many who have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. 21 I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved over many who have sinned earlier and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery in which they have indulged.