2 Corinthians 12:1-21 "It is not expedient for me..." KJV - Online Bible Study It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory . I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell ; or whetherout of the body, I cannot tell : God knoweth ;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And Iknew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell : God knoweth ;) 4 Howthat he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a manto utter . 5 Of such an one will I glory : yet of myself I will not glory , but in mine infirmities. 6 Forthough I would desire to glory , I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear , lestany man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 Andlest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was givento me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted abovemeasure . 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he saidunto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladlytherefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distressesfor Christ's sake: for when I am weak , then am I strong. 11 I am become a fool in glorying ; yehave compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles , though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought amongyou in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. 13 For what is it wherein ye wereinferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me thiswrong. 14 Behold , 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 parentsfor the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you ; though the more abundantlyI love you, the less I be loved . 16 But be it so , I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, Icaught you with guile. 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18 Idesired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in thesame spirit? walked we not in the same steps? 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves untoyou? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20 ForI fear , lest , when I come , I shall not find you such as I would , and that I shall be found unto yousuch as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings,swellings, tumults: 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already , and have not repented of the uncleanness andfornication and lasciviousness which they have committed .
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