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2 Corinthians 12:5

5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:5 Using Other Translations

Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.
That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my weaknesses.

What does 2 Corinthians 12:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Corinthians 12:5

Of such an one will I glory
The apostle in great modesty seems to speak of some other person, and not himself, as caught up into the third heaven, when he yet means himself; and does as it were distinguish himself from himself; himself in paradise from himself on earth; his sense is, that though he might lawfully glory of such a person so highly exalted and favoured, yet since this was his own case, he chose to forbear, and say no more of it:

yet of myself I will not glory;
though he could, and might, and did glory in the Lord, who had done such great things for him; as that he was in Christ, and knew himself to be so, had been rapt up into heaven, and heard things unutterable; yet he would not glory of these things as from himself, as owing to any merit or worthiness of his, but as instances of mere favour, grace, and goodness; if he gloried of anything of himself in his present state and condition, it should be of his weaknesses:

but in mine infirmities;
not his sinful ones, for these he mourned over, and was humbled before God and man under a sense of; but his many pressing difficulties of life, heavy reproaches, very great afflictions, and violent persecutions he endured for Christ's sake; see ( 2 Corinthians 12:10 ) .

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