2 Corinthians 12:3-13 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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3 Whether my body was there or just my spirit, I don't know; only God knows. 3 And I know that this man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows--
4 But I do know that I was caught up into paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be told. 4 was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.
5 That experience is something worth boasting about, but I am not going to do it. I am going to boast only about my weaknesses. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.
6 I have plenty to boast about and would be no fool in doing it, because I would be telling the truth. But I won't do it. I don't want anyone to think more highly of me than what they can actually see in my life and my message, 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 even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud. 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 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9 Each time he said, "My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through 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 Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am 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 You have made me act like a fool -- boasting like this. You ought to be writing commendations for me, for I am not at all inferior to these "super apostles," even though I am nothing at all. 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 When I was with you, I certainly gave you every proof that I am truly an apostle, sent to you by God himself. For I patiently did many signs and wonders and miracles among you. 12 The things that mark an apostle--signs, wonders and miracles--were done among you with great perseverance.
13 The only thing I didn't do, which I do in the other churches, was to become a burden to you. Please forgive me for this wrong! 13 How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!