2 Corinthians 12
For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations,
2 Corinthians 12:1 Doutles, it is not expedient for me to boast, I wyll come to visyons and reuelacions of the Lord, 2 Corinthians 12:2 I knowe a man in Christ aboue fourtene yeares ago (whyther he were in the body, I cannot tell, or whyther he were out of the body, I cannot tell, God knoweth) howe that he was taken vp into the thyrde heauen. 2 Corinthians 12:3 And I knowe the same man (whither in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell, God knoweth) 2 Corinthians 12:4 howe þt he was taken vp into Paradyse, and hearde secret wordes, which no man can vtter. 2 Corinthians 12:5 Of thys man wyll I boast, but of my selfe wyll I not boast, except it be of myne infirmityes 2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I wolde boast, I shall not be a foole: for I wolde saye the trueth. Neuerthelesse, I spare you: lest any man shulde thinke of me, aboue that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I shulde be exalted out of measure thorowe þe excellencye of the reuelacions: there was gyuen vnto me vnquyetnes thorowe the flesshe, euen the messenger of Satan to buffet me, because I shulde not be exalted out of measure. 2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thynge besought I the Lorde thryse, that it might departe from me.
yet he rather chooseth to glory of his infirmities,
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he sayde vnto me: my grace is sufficient for the. For my strength is made parfect thorow weaknes. Uery gladly therfore wyll I reioyce of my weaknes, þt þe strength of Christ maye dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therfore, haue I delectacion in infirmityes, in rebukes, in necessities, in persecucyons, in anguysshes for Chrystes sake. For when I am weake, then am I stronge.
blaming them for forcing him to this vain boasting.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a foole in boasting my selfe. Ye haue compelled me: for I ought to haue bene commended of you. For in nothynge was I inferior vnto þe chefe apostles, though I be nothing, 2 Corinthians 12:12 yet þe tokens of an apostle were wrought amonge you with all pacyence, and signes and wonders, and myghty dedes. 2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it, wherin ye were inferyors vnto other congregacions, except it be herin, that I was not chargeable vnto you. Forgeue me thys wronge.
He promiseth to come to them again: but yet altogether in the affection of a father,
2 Corinthians 12:14 Beholde, nowe the thyrde tyme I am ready to come vnto you: and yet wyll I not be chargeable vnto you. For I seke not youres, but you. For the chyldren ought not to laye vp for the fathers and mothers, but the fathers and mothers for the chyldren. 2 Corinthians 12:15 I wyll very gladly bestowe, and wylbe bestowed for youre soules, though the more I loue you; the lesse I am loued agayn. 2 Corinthians 12:16 But be it, that I was not chargeable vnto you: neuertheles, when I was crafty, I toke you with gyle. 2 Corinthians 12:17 Dyd I pyll you by any of them, whom I sent vnto you? 2 Corinthians 12:18 I desyred Titus, & with hym I sent a brother. Dyd Titus defraude you of any thyng? walked we not in one sprete? Walked we not in lyke steppes? 2 Corinthians 12:19 Agayne, thynke you þt we excuse our selues vnto you? we spake in Christ in the syght of of God: but we do all thinges (dearly beloued) for youre edifyinge.
although he feareth he shall to his grief find many offenders and publick disorders there.
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I feare, lest it come to passe, þt yf I come, I shall not fynde you soch as I wolde: & þt I shalbe founde vnto you soch as ye wolde not. I feare, lest ther be amonge you debates, enuyinges, wrath, stryfes, bakbytynges, whysperinges, swellynges, & sedicyons: 2 Corinthians 12:21 and that when I come agayne, God brynge me lowe among you, & I be constrayned to bewayle many of them which haue synned allready, & haue not repented of the vnclennes: and fornicacion and wantannes which they haue commytted.