2 Corinthians 12 ©
1 Paul sheweth that, though he had been favoured with visions and revelations, 5 yet for commendation of his apostleship he chose rather to glory in his infirmities: 11 blaming the Corinthians, who had seen in him all the signs of an apostle, for forcing him to such vain boasting. 14 He telleth them of his design of visiting them again with the same disinterestedness and fatherly affection as before. 16 He justifieth himself from any crafty extortion by his messengers; 20 and expresseth his fears, lest, both to his sorrow and theirs, he should find many notorious disorders still not repented of among them.
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the irevelations, there was given to me a jthorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing kI besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
oTherefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for pwhen I am weak, then am I strong.
Behold, vthe 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 wthe children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.