2 Corinthians 12
For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations,
2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedyent for me (no doubte) to reioyce. Neuerthelesse I wyll come to visions and reuelations of the Lorde. 2 Corinthians 12:2 I knowe a man in Christe aboue .xiiij. yeares agone (whether he were in the bodye I cannot tell, or whether he were oute of the bodye I cannot tell, God knoweth) whiche was taken vp into the third heauen. 2 Corinthians 12:3 And I knowe the same man (whether in the bodye, or oute of the bodye, I cannot tell, God knoweth) 2 Corinthians 12:4 howe that he was taken vp into paradyse, and hearde wordes not to be spoken, whiche no man can vtter. 2 Corinthians 12:5 Of thys man wyll I reioyce, of my selfe wyll I not reioyce, excepte it be of myne infyrmytyes. 2 Corinthians 12:6 And yet thoughe I woulde reioyce, I shoulde not be a fole: for I shoulde saye the trueth: Neuerthelesse I spare, lest anye man shoulde thynke of me aboue that he seeth me to be, or heareth of me. 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I shoulde be exalted out of measure thorowe the aboundaunce of reuelacions there was geuen vnto me vnquyetnes of þe fleshe, the messenger of Satan to buffete me: because I shoulde no be exalted oute of measure. 2 Corinthians 12:8 For thys thynge besought I the Lorde thryse, that it myght departe from me.
yet he rather chooseth to glory of his infirmities,
2 Corinthians 12:9 And he sayde vnto me: my grace is suffycyent for the. For my strengthe is made perfecte thorowe weakenes. Very gladly therfor wil I reioyce of my weakenes, that the strength of Christe maye dwell in me 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therfore haue I delectacyon in infyrmities, in rebukes, in nede, in persecutions, in anguyshe, for Christes 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 made a fole in bostynge my selfe. Ye haue compelled me: I ought to haue bene commended of you. For in nothynge was I inferyor vnto the chiefe Apostles. Thoughe I be nothynge 2 Corinthians 12:12 yet the tokens of an Apostle were wroughte amonge you with al pacience: with signes, and wonders and myghty dedes. 2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein ye were inferyours vnto other congregacyons except it be therein that I was not greuous vnto you. Forgeue me thys wrong done vnto you.
He promiseth to come to them again: but yet altogether in the affection of a father,
2 Corinthians 12:14 Behold the now thyrde time I am redy to come vnto you, and yet wyll I not be greuouse vnto you. For I seke not yours, but you. Also the chyldren ought not to lay vp for the fathers & mothers but the fathers a mothers for the chyldren. 2 Corinthians 12:15 I wyll very gladly bestowe, and wyll be bestowed for youre soules: thoughe the more I loue you, the lesse I am loued agayne. 2 Corinthians 12:16 But be it that I greued you not: neuerthelesse I was crafty and toke you with gyle. 2 Corinthians 12:17 Dyd I pyl you by any of them which I sent vnto you? 2 Corinthians 12:18 I desyred Titus, and with hym I sent a brother. Did Tytus defraude you of any thing? walked we not in one spyryte? walked we not in lyke steppes? 2 Corinthians 12:19 Agayne, thynke ye that we excuse oure selues. We speake in Christe in the syght of God. But we do all thynges dearelye beloued for youre edifiynge.
although he feareth he shall to his grief find many offenders and publick disorders there.
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I feare least it come to passe, that when I come, I shall not fynde you suche as I woulde, and I shalbe founde amonge you debate, enuiynge, wrath, stryfe, backbytynges, whisperynges, swellynges & discorde. 2 Corinthians 12:21 I feare leste when I come agayne, God brynge me lowe amonge you, and I be constrayned to bewayle many of them which haue synned already, and haue not repented of the vncleanes, fornicacyon, and wantonnes, whiche they haue commytted.