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2 Corinthians 12:1
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Paul's Vision and His Thorn

I must go on boasting.(a) Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations(b) from the Lord.
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2 Corinthians 12:2
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I know a man in Christ(c) who fourteen years ago was caught up(d) to the third heaven.(e) Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows.(f)
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2 Corinthians 12:3
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And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—
2 Corinthians 12:4
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was caught up(g) to paradise(h) and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.
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2 Corinthians 12:5
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I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.(i)
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2 Corinthians 12:6
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Even if I should choose to boast,(j) I would not be a fool,(k) because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,
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2 Corinthians 12:7
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or because of these surpassingly great revelations.(l) Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh,(m) a messenger of Satan,(n) to torment me.
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2 Corinthians 12:8
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Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.(o)
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2 Corinthians 12:9
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But he said to me, "My grace(p) is sufficient for you, for my power(q) is made perfect in weakness.(r)"(s) Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
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2 Corinthians 12:10
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That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight(t) in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,(u) in persecutions,(v) in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.(w)
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2 Corinthians 12:11
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I have made a fool of myself,(x) but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles,"[a](y) even though I am nothing.(z)
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2 Corinthians 12:12
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I persevered in demonstrating among you the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles.(aa)
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2 Corinthians 12:13
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How were you inferior to the other churches, except that I was never a burden to you?(ab) Forgive me this wrong!(ac)
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2 Corinthians 12:14
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Now I am ready to visit you for the third time,(ad) and I will not be a burden to you, because what I want is not your possessions but you. After all, children should not have to save up for their parents,(ae) but parents for their children.(af)
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2 Corinthians 12:15
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So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well.(ag) If I love you more,(ah) will you love me less?
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2 Corinthians 12:16
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Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you.(ai) Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!
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2 Corinthians 12:17
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Did I exploit you through any of the men I sent to you?
2 Corinthians 12:18
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I urged(aj) Titus(ak) to go to you and I sent our brother(al) with him. Titus did not exploit you, did he? Did we not walk in the same footsteps by the same Spirit?
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2 Corinthians 12:19
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Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God(am) as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends,(an) is for your strengthening.(ao)
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2 Corinthians 12:20
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For I am afraid that when I come(ap) I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be.(aq) I fear that there may be discord,(ar) jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition,(as) slander,(at) gossip,(au) arrogance(av) and disorder.(aw)
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2 Corinthians 12:21
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I am afraid that when I come again my God will humble me before you, and I will be grieved(ax) over many who have sinned earlier(ay) and have not repented of the impurity, sexual sin and debauchery(az) in which they have indulged.
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