2 Corinthians 12
For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations,
2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me, doubtlesse, to glory, I wil come to visions and reuelations of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 12:2 I knewe a man in Christ aboue foureteene yeeres agoe, whether in the body, I cannot tell, or whether out of the body, I cannot tell, God knoweth: such a one, caught vp to the third heauen. 2 Corinthians 12:3 And I knew such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell, God knoweth.) 2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught vp into Paradise, and heard vnspeakeable wordes, which it is not lawfull for a man to vtter. 2 Corinthians 12:5 Of such [a one] will I glory, yet of my selfe I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a foole: for I will say the trueth. But now I forbeare, lest any man should thinke of me aboue [that] which hee seeth me [to bee], or [that] hee heareth of me: 2 Corinthians 12:7 And least I should bee exalted aboue measure through the abundance of the reuelations, there was giuen to me a thorne in the flesh, the messenger of Sathan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted aboue measure. 2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from mee.
yet he rather chooseth to glory of his infirmities,
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said vnto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weaknes. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest vpon me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christes sake: for when I am weake, then am I strong.
blaming them for forcing him to this vain boasting.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a foole in glorying, ye haue compelled me. For I ought to haue beene commended of you: for in nothing am I behinde the very chiefest Apostles, though I be nothing. 2 Corinthians 12:12 Truely the signes of an Apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signes and wonders, and mightie deeds. 2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein yee were inferior to other Churches, except [it bee] that I my selfe was not burthensome to you? forgiue me this wrong.
He promiseth to come to them again: but yet altogether in the affection of a father,
2 Corinthians 12:14 Behold, the third time I am readie to come to you, and I will not bee burthensome to you; for I seeke not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay vp for the parents, but the parents for the children. 2 Corinthians 12:15 And I wil very gladly spend and bee spent for you, though the more abundantly I loue you, the lesse I bee loued. 2 Corinthians 12:16 But be it so: I did not burthen you: neuerthelesse beeing craftie, I caught you with guile. 2 Corinthians 12:17 Did I make a gaine of you by any of them, whom I sent vnto you? 2 Corinthians 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother: did Titus make a gaine of you? Walked wee not in the same spirit? [walked wee] not in the same steps? 2 Corinthians 12:19 Againe, thinke you that we excuse our selues vnto you? wee speake before God in Christ: but [wee doe] all things, dearely beloued, for your edifying.
although he feareth he shall to his grief find many offenders and publick disorders there.
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I feare lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall bee found vnto you such as ye would not, lest there bee debates, enuyings, wraths, strifes, backebitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults, 2 Corinthians 12:21 And least when I come againe, my God will humble mee among you, and that I shall bewaile many which haue sinned alreadie, and haue not repented of the vncleannesse, and fornication, and lasciuiousnesse which they haue committed.