- I must needs glory, though it is not expedient;
but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
- I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not;
or whether out of the body, I know not;
God knoweth), such a one caught up even to the third heaven.
- And I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I know not;
- how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
- On behalf of such a one will I glory: but on mine own behalf I will not glory, save in [my] weaknesses.
- For if I should desire to glory, I shall not be foolish;
for I shall speak the truth: but I forbear, lest any man should account of me above that which he seeth me [to be], or heareth from me.
- And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.
- Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
- And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for [my] power is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
- Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
- I am become foolish: ye compelled me;
for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I am nothing.
- Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and mighty works.
- For what is there wherein ye were made inferior to the rest of the churches, except [it be] that I myself was not a burden to you?
forgive me this wrong.
- Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you;
and I will not be a burden to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
- And I will most gladly spend and be spent for your souls.
If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?
- But be it so, I did not myself burden you;
but, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
- Did I take advantage of you by any one of them whom I have sent unto you?
- I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him.
Did Titus take any advantage of you?
walked we not in the same spirit?
[walked we] not in the same steps?
- Ye think all this time that we are excusing ourselves unto you.
In the sight of God speak we in Christ.
But all things, beloved, [are] for your edifying.
- For I fear, lest by any means, when I come, I should find you not such as I would, and should myself be found of you such as ye would not;
lest by any means [there should be] strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;
- lest again when I come my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they committed.