[1] I〖Some ancient authorities read Now to glory is not expedient, but I will come &c.〗 MUST needs glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.[2] 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.[3] And I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I know not; God knoweth),[4] how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.[5] On behalf of such a one will I glory: but on mine own behalf I will not glory, save in my weaknesses.[6] 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.[7] And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations,〖Some ancient authorities read revelations—wherefore, that &c.〗 that I should not to be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn〖Or, stake.〗 in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.[8] Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.[9] 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〖Or, cover me. Gr. spread a tabernacle over me. See Rev. 7. 15.〗 upon me.[10] 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.

[11] I am become foolish: ye compelled me; for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I behind the〖Or, those pre-eminent apostles.〗 very chiefest apostles, though I am nothing.[12] Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience,〖Or, stedfastness.〗 by signs and wonders and mighty〖Gr. powers.〗 works.[13] 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.

[14] 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.[15] And I will most gladly spend and be spent〖Gr. spent out.〗 for your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved the less?[16] But be it so, I did not myself burden you; but, being crafty, I caught you with guile.[17] Did I take advantage of you by any one of them whom I have sent unto you?[18] I exhorted Titus, and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take any advantage of you? walked we not in〖Or, by the same spirit.〗 the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps?

[19] Ye〖Or, Think ye . . . you?〗 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.[20] 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;〖Or, disorders.〗[21] 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.

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