THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
2. Of the Lord's Vision and Revelation to Him
1 To aboast is 1necessary, though indeed not bexpedient; yet I will 2come to 3cvisions and drevelations of the Lord.
2 I know a 1man ain Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body I do not know, or outside the body I do not know; God bknows) such a one was 2caught away 3to the 4third heaven.
3 1And I know such a man (whether in the body or 2outside the body, I do not know; God knows),
4 That he was caught away into 1Paradise and heard unspeakable words, which it is anot allowed for a man to speak.
5 On behalf of such a one I will aboast, but on behalf of myself I will not bboast, except in my cweaknesses.
6 For if I desire to aboast, I will not be foolish, for I will bspeak the truth; but I refrain lest anyone account of me something above what he csees me to be or dhears from me.
7 And because of the 1transcendence of the revelations, in order that I might not be exceedingly alifted up, there was given to me a 2bthorn in the flesh, a messenger of cSatan, that he might 3buffet me, in order that I might not be exceedingly lifted up.
8 Concerning this I entreated the Lord athree times that it might depart from me.
9 And He has said to me, My 1agrace is sufficient for you, for My 2bpower is perfected in cweakness. Most gladly therefore I will rather boast in my weaknesses that the dpower of Christ might 3etabernacle over me.
10 Therefore I am 1well pleased in aweaknesses, in 2insults, in 3bnecessities, in cpersecutions and 4ddistresses, on behalf of Christ; for when I am 5eweak, then I am 5powerful.
3. Of the Signs of His Apostleship
11 I have become afoolish; you yourselves have compelled me. For it is I who should have been bcommended by you; for in nothing am I inferior to the 1csuper-apostles, even though I am dnothing.
12 Indeed the 1signs of an aapostle were wrought among you in all bendurance by 2csigns and 3wonders and 4works of power.
13 For what is there in which you were 1treated in a manner inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself was not a aburden to you? 2Graciously forgive me this 2injustice!
14 Behold, this athird time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden; for I do bnot seek what is yours but you. For the cchildren ought not to store up for the parents, but the dparents for the children.
15 But I, I will most gladly 1spend and 2abe utterly spent on behalf of your souls. If I blove you more abundantly, am I loved less?
16 But 1let it be so! I did anot burden you; but, as some of you say, being 2crafty, I took you by guile.
17 Did I take aadvantage of you through anyone whom I have sent bto you?
18 I entreated aTitus and sent with him the bbrother. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not walk in the same 1cspirit? In the same dsteps?
E. By the Authority Given to Him
19 All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. 1aBefore God bin Christ we speak; but all things, beloved, are for your cbuilding up.
20 For I afear that perhaps when I come, I may find you not such as I wish, and I may be found by you not such as you wish; that perhaps there may be 1bstrife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, cselfish ambitions, 2slanders, 3whisperings, 4demonstrations of being puffed up, 5dtumults;
21 That when I come again my God may humble me before you and I may mourn over many who have asinned before and who have not brepented of the cuncleanness and dfornication and licentiousness which they have practiced.