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1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities. 6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. 13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong. 14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not your's but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 16 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. 17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps? 19 Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. 20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: 21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.

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1 angela h = "Paul says it is not beneficial for him to take credit for anything. The visions and revelations he gets are from the Lord."
2 angela h = "Paul seems uncertain if this experience was a vision or actual event. However, he seems to suggest that it makes no difference. It still has the same effect. Caught up to the third heaven and paradise are the same place, where God sits on His throne.Paul is not the one caught up here the man in Christ was. He apparently described his experience to Paul."
3 Deena E = "Paul could be referring to Stephen (Acts 7:55-60,8:1) or even himself when he had that first encounter with Jesus in Acts 9?"
4 Deena E = "The heavens:1st heaven refers to the earthly skies and the things therein that we visibly see.2nd heaven refers to the dwelling place of the stars, sun, moon and the place where satan and other fallen angels traffic to and from the 1st heaven.3rd heaven refers to the Paradise or dwelling place of God."
5 Cary W = "When He comes and opens our eyes and ears to all the mysteries in Christ, we do feel special and chosen of God to have such rare, priceless encounters, yet here we are encouraged to take the lowest vision of our own person, lest we miss the point of revelation:  to bring glory to God!  It is Him people need to see and know, not another 'great' man or visionary.As He is lifted up, He is able to draw all hearts toward that intimate, personal relationship He longs to have with each of us."
6 angela h = "Paul is  excited for this man and openly retells the story, being very careful not to take credit for it."
7 angela h = "Paul is human. Like the rest of us he naturally would like people to think he is great. But he is honest with us. He is nothing apart from Jesus Christ. See Isaiah 64:6."
8 angela h = "God did many great things through Paul. It must have been hard for Paul not to get an ego. God helped him out with this by allowing him to have a thorn in his flesh.We are not told what this thorn is, but it is probably some sort of sickness. Luke the physician accompanied him quite a bit.  "
9 Deena E = "While it is not clear what the thorn in Paul's flesh was, it has both natural and spiritual connotations. "The messenger of Satan" refers to a demonic spirit and "thorn in the flesh" could mean the physical body, but it's most likely a reference to the works of the flesh as Paul describes in Romans 7:17-23-- which is the same Greek word sarx used in both of these chapters. "
10 Deena E = ""lest I should be exalted above measure"God entrusted Paul with many revelations and visions. Knowledge is very powerful and it positions those who receive it to be in teaching and leadership roles. Paul was responsible for overseeing many churches as we read throughout the New Testament. God denies Paul's 3 requests to have "the thorn removed from his side" in order to sustain a in him a sense of humility."
11 angela h = "He asked God to take away this thorn in his flesh 3 times."
12 angela h = "God tells him "no". He further explains that in Paul's weakness He will get the glory for what Paul accomplishes. Everyone will know that without the help of God, Paul couldn't do anything because he has an infirmity.Paul admits that it is best this way. He has Christ with him."
13 Cary W = "We can rejoice in all of our circumstances, trusting that God's grace is more than sufficient and reminding ourselves that our greatest gifts to the world and to the Father, come forth from His work in us and through us.  This is why we can relax and even glory in our weaknesses, for it is then that His strength is perfected in us, for even Christ said he can not do anything apart from the Father."
14 Deena E = ""for my strength is made perfect in weakness"I absolutely love this! It is very easy to rely in and on our own strength, but so humiliating when we miss the mark. God says in our weaknesses (feebleness, humility, troubles, trials, sickness) His strength is made perfect (whole, complete, full). The same Greek word [where the English word dynamite derives] dynamis for "my strength" is also used in Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..." God's perfect strength is the Holy Spirit power working through us which can only take place when we decrease of self and allow God to increase."
15 angela h = "He restates that because he is weak, he has to have Jesus help him, which makes him much stronger than he could ever be. "
16 angela h = "He says he is a fool for praising himself. He states again he is nothing."
17 Sara Di Diego = "This phrase was not included in the oldest transcripts, thus implying that it was added long after Paul had passed on.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/2-corinthians/2-corinthians-12.html"
18 angela h = "The only thing they don't have that the other churches have is the privilege of paying for Paul. He apologizes for robbing them of this treasure. "
19 angela h = "Paul is coming to visit again. He will again pay his own way, because he feels as if they are his children and children don't leave inheritance for parents, but quite the opposite. He doesn't mind putting into this church. He says that it seems the more love he shows them, the less they love him."
20 angela h = "He tells of how he nor anyone he sent took from the church, but put into it only. They were there to build up the church not use its resources."
21 Sara Di Diego = "Titus was a Gentile disciple who was converted by Paul.  He was sent to Corinth to fundraise money for the church being built in Jerusalem, which Paul refers to here.  He was also the bishop of the island of Crete. Work Cited:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Titushttp://images.catholic.org/saints/2352.jpg"
22 angela h = "Paul has apparently heard of some troubles in the church already. He has a heavy heart for them. He is praying that God will give him the wisdom to deal with those who are causing the trouble in the church."