Corinthians Chapter 12
1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come tovisions and revelations of the Lord.
2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago whether inthe bodyI cannot tellor whether out of the bodyI cannottellGod knoweth such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man whether in the bodyor out of thebodyI cannot tellGod knoweth
4 How that he was caught up into paradiseand heard unspeakablewordswhich it is not lawful for a man to utter.
5 Of such an one will I gloryyet of myself I will not glorybut in mine infirmities.
6 For though I would desire to gloryI shall not be a foolforI will say the truthbut now I forbearlest any man shouldthink of me above that which he seeth me to beor that heheareth of me.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through theabundance of the revelationsthere was given to me a thorn inthe fleshthe messenger of Satan to buffet melest I shouldbe exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thricethat it mightdepart from me.
9 And he said unto meMy grace is sufficient for theefor mystrength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly thereforewill I rather glory in my infirmitiesthat the power ofChrist may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmitiesin reproachesinnecessitiesin persecutionsin distresses for Christ s sakefor when I am weakthen am I strong.
11 I am become a fool in gloryingye have compelled mefor Iought to have been commended of youfor in nothing am Ibehind the very chiefest apostlesthough I be nothing.
12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in allpatiencein signsand wondersand mighty deeds.
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches except it be that I myself was not burdensome to youforgiveme this wrong.
14 Beholdthe third time I am ready to come to youand I willnot be burdensome to youfor I seek not your s but youforthe children ought not to lay up for the parentsbut theparents for the children.
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for youthough themore abundantly I love youthe less I be loved.
16 But be it soI did not burden youneverthelessbeingcraftyI caught you with guile.
17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you
18 I desired Titusand with him I sent a brother. Did Titus makea gain of youwalked we not in the same spiritwalked we notin the same steps
19 Againthink ye that we excuse ourselves unto youwe speakbefore God in Christbut we do all thingsdearly belovedfor your edifying.
20 For I fearlestwhen I comeI shall not find you such as Iwouldand that I shall be found unto you such as ye wouldnotlest there be debatesenvyingswrathsstrifesbackbitingswhisperingsswellingstumults
21 And lestwhen I come againmy God will humble me among youand that I shall bewail many which have sinned alreadyandhave not repented of the uncleanness and fornication andlasciviousness which they have committed.