It is not expedientG4851 for me doubtlessG1211 to glory.G2744 I will comeG2064 to visionsG3701 and revelationsG602 of the Lord.G2962
I knewG1492 a manG444 in ChristG5547 aboveG4253 fourteenG1180 yearsG2094 ago,G4253 (whetherG1535 in the body,G4983 I cannotG3756 G1492 tell;G1492 orG1535 whetherG1535 out of the body,G4983 I cannotG3756 G1492 tell:G1492 GodG2316 knows;G1492) suchG5108 an one caughtG726 up to the thirdG5154 heaven.G3772
And I knewG1492 suchG5108 a man,G444 (whetherG1535 in the body,G4983 orG1535 out of the body,G4983 I cannotG3756 G1492 tell:G1492 GodG2316 knows;G1492)
How that he was caughtG726 up intoG1519 paradise,G3857 and heardG191 unspeakableG731 words,G4487 whichG3739 it is not lawfulG1832 for a manG444 to utter.G2980
Of suchG5108 an one will I glory:G2744 yetG1161 of myselfG1683 I will not glory,G2744 but in myG3450 infirmities.G769
For thoughG1437 I would desireG2309 to glory,G2744 I shall not be a fool;G878 for I will sayG2046 the truth:G225 but now I forbear,G5339 lestG3361 anyG5100 man should thinkG3049 of me aboveG5228 that whichG3739 he seesG991 me to be, orG2228 that he hearsG191 of me.
And lestG2443 G3361 I should be exaltedG5229 above measure through the abundanceG5236 of the revelations,G602 there was givenG1325 to me a thornG4647 in the flesh,G4561 the messengerG32 of SatanG4567 to buffetG2852 me, lestG2443 G3361 I should be exaltedG5229 above measure.
For thisG5127 thing I soughtG3870 the LordG2962 thrice,G5151 that it might departG868 from me.
And he saidG2046 to me, My graceG5485 is sufficientG714 for you: for my strengthG1411 is madeG5048 perfectG5048 in weakness.G769 MostG2236 gladlyG2236 thereforeG3767 will I ratherG3123 gloryG2744 in my infirmities,G769 that the powerG1411 of ChristG5547 may restG1981 on me.
ThereforeG1352 I take pleasureG2106 in infirmities,G769 in reproaches,G5196 in necessities,G318 in persecutions,G1375 in distressesG4730 for Christ'sG5547 sake: for whenG3752 I amG1510 weak,G770 thenG5119 amG1510 I strong.G1415
I am becomeG1096 a foolG878 in glorying;G2744 you have compelledG315 me: for I oughtG3784 to have been commendedG4921 of you: for in nothingG3762 am I behindG5302 the veryG3029 most chiefG5228 G3029 apostles,G652 thoughG1499 I be nothing.G3762
TrulyG3303 the signsG4592 of an apostleG652 were workedG2716 amongG1722 you in allG3956 patience,G5281 in signs,G4592 and wonders,G5059 and mightyG1411 deeds.G1411
For whatG5101 is it whereinG3757 you were inferiorG2274 to otherG3062 churches,G1577 exceptG1508 it be that I myself was not burdensomeG2655 to you? forgiveG5483 me thisG5026 wrong.G93
Behold,G2400 the thirdG5154 time I am readyG2093 to comeG2064 to you; and I will not be burdensomeG2655 to you: for I seekG2212 not your's G5216but you: for the childrenG5043 oughtG3784 not to layG2343 up for the parents,G1118 but the parentsG1118 for the children.G5043
And I will veryG2236 gladlyG2236 spendG1159 and be spentG1550 for you; thoughG1499 the moreG4056 abundantlyG4056 I loveG25 you, the lessG2276 I be loved.G25
But be it so, I did not burdenG2599 you: nevertheless,G235 beingG5225 crafty,G3835 I caughtG2983 you with guile.G1388
Did I makeG4122 a gainG4122 of you by anyG5100 of them whomG3739 I sentG649 to you?
I desiredG3870 Titus,G5103 and with him I sentG4882 a brother.G80 Did TitusG5103 makeG4122 a gainG4122 of you? walkedG4043 we not in the sameG846 spirit?G4151 walkedG4043 we not in the sameG846 steps?G2487
Again,G3825 thinkG1380 you that we excuseG626 ourselves to you? we speakG2980 beforeG2714 GodG2316 in Christ:G5547 but we do allG3956 things, dearly beloved,G27 for yourG5216 edifying.G3619
For I fear,G5399 lest,G3381 when I come,G2064 I shall not findG2147 you suchG3634 as I would,G2309 and that I shall be foundG2147 to you suchG3634 as you wouldG2309 not: lestG3381 there be debates,G2054 contentions,G2205 wraths,G2372 strifes,G2052 backbitings,G2636 whisperings,G5587 arrogance,G5450 tumults:G181
And lest,G3361 when I comeG2064 again,G3825 my GodG2316 will humbleG5013 me amongG4314 you, and that I shall mournG3996 manyG4183 whichG3588 have sinnedG4258 already,G4258 and have not repentedG3340 of the uncleannessG167 and fornicationG4202 and lasciviousnessG766 whichG3739 they have committed.G4238