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 no doubt to reioyce: for I will come to visions and reuelations of the Lorde. 2 Corinthians 12:2 I know a man in Christ aboue fourteene yeeres agone, (whether he were in the body, I can not tell, or out of the body, I can not tell: God knoweth) which was taken vp into the thirde heauen. 2 Corinthians 12:3 And I knowe such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I can not tell: God knoweth) 2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was taken vp into Paradise, and heard words which cannot be spoken, which are not possible for man to vtter. 2 Corinthians 12:5 Of such a man will I reioyce: of my selfe will I not reioyce, except it bee of mine infirmities. 2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I woulde reioyce, I should not be a foole, for I will say the trueth: but I refraine, lest any man should thinke of me aboue that hee seeth in me, or that he heareth of me. 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted out of measure through the aboundance of reuelations, there was giuen vnto me a pricke in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet mee, because I should not be exalted out of measure. 2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrise, that it might depart from me.
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 power is made perfect through weakenesse. Very gladly therefore will I reioyce rather in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproches, in necessities, in persecutions, in anguish 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 was a foole to boast my selfe: yee haue compelled mee: for I ought to haue bene commended of you: for in nothing was I inferiour vnto the very chiefe Apostles, though I bee nothing. 2 Corinthians 12:12 The signes of an Apostle were wrought among you with all patience, with signes, and wonders, and great workes. 2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it, wherein yee were inferiours vnto other Churches, except that I haue not bene slouthfull to your hinderance? 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 thirde time I am ready to come vnto you, and yet will I not be slouthfull to your hinderance: for I seeke not yours, but you: for the children ought not to laye vp for the fathers, but the fathers for the children. 2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will most gladly bestow, and will be bestowed for your soules: though the more I loue you, the lesse I am loued. 2 Corinthians 12:16 But bee it that I charged you not: yet for as much as I was craftie, I tooke you with guile. 2 Corinthians 12:17 Did I pill you by any of them whom I sent vnto you? 2 Corinthians 12:18 I haue desired Titus, and with him I haue sent a brother: did Titus pill you of any thing? walked we not in the selfe same spirit? walked we not in the same steppes? 2 Corinthians 12:19 Againe, thinke yee that wee excuse our selues vnto you? we speake before God in Christ. But wee doe all thinges, 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 least when I come, I shall not finde you such as I would: and that I shalbe found vnto you such as ye woulde not, and least there be strife, enuying, wrath, contentions, backebitings, whisperings, swellings and discord. 2 Corinthians 12:21 I feare least when I come againe, my God abase me among you, and I shall bewaile many of them which haue sinned already, and haue not repented of the vncleannesse, and fornication, and wantonnesse which they haue committed.