Bible: 2 Cor 12:1-10

Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

12:1 It is necessary to go on boasting. 1  Though it is not profitable, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 12:2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago (whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows) was caught up to the third heaven. 12:3 And I know that this man (whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows) 12:4 was caught up into paradise 2  and heard things too sacred to be put into words, 3  things that a person 4  is not permitted to speak. 12:5 On behalf of such an individual I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except about my weaknesses. 12:6 For even if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I would be telling 5  the truth, but I refrain from this so that no one may regard 6  me beyond what he sees in me or what he hears from me, 12:7 even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, 7  so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble 8  me – so that I would not become arrogant. 9  12:8 I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me. 12:9 But 10  he said to me, “My grace is enough 11  for you, for my 12  power is made perfect 13  in weakness.” So then, I will boast most gladly 14  about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in 15  me. 12:10 Therefore I am content with 16  weaknesses, with insults, with troubles, with persecutions and difficulties 17  for the sake of Christ, for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.

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