The Gift of the Thorn
2 Corinthians 12:1-10; 10:10
|2 Corinthians 12 (NKJV™)|
|1||It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord:|
|2||I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven.|
|3||And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows--|
|4||how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.|
|5||Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.|
|6||For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.|
|7||And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.|
|8||Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.|
|9||And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.|
|10||Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.|
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