12:1 If I must glory (it is not expedient indeed): but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
12:2 I know a man in Christ above fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not, or out of the body, I know not; God knoweth), such a one caught up to the third heaven.
12:3 And I know such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I know not: God knoweth):
12:4 That he was caught up into paradise, and heard secret words, which it is not granted to man to utter.
12:5 For such an one I will glory; but for myself I will glory nothing, but in my infirmities.
12:6 For though I should have a mind to glory, I shall not be foolish; for I will say the truth. But I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth in me, or any thing he heareth from me.
12:7 And lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me.
12:8 For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me.
12:9 And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
12:10 For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.
12:11 I am become foolish: you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you: for I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, although I be nothing.
12:12 Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
12:13 For what is there that you have had less than the other churches, but that I myself was not burthensome to you? Pardon me this injury.
12:14 Behold now the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burthensome unto you. For I seek not the things that are yours, but you. For neither ought the children to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
12:15 But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls; although loving you more, I be loved less.
12:16 But be it so: I did not burthen you: but being crafty, I caught you by guile.
12:17 Did I overreach you by any of them whom I sent to you?
12:18 I desired Titus, and I sent with him a brother. Did Titus overreach you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? did we not in the same steps?
12:19 Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ; but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification.
12:20 For I fear lest perhaps when I come I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you.
12:21 Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.
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