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1For commending of his apostleship, though he might glory of his wonderful revelations,
9yet he rather chooses to glory of his infirmities;
11blaming them for forcing him to this vain boasting.
14He promises to come to them again; but yet altogether in the affection of a father;
20although he fears he shall to his grief find many offenders, and public disorders there.
 
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Chapter 12

Verse 1
It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.


expedient
8:10; John 16:7; 18:14; 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23
to glory
11; 11:16-30
I will come
Gr. For I will come. visions.
7; Numbers 12:6; Ezekiel 1:1-28; 11:24; Daniel 10:5-10; Joel 2:28,29; Acts 9:10-17; Acts 18:9; 22:17-21; 23:11; 26:13-19; Galatians 1:12; 2:2; 1 John 5:20

Verse 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.
knew
3,5
in Christ
5:17,21; 13:5; Isaiah 45:24,25; John 6:56; 15:4-6; 17:21-23; Romans 8:1; Romans 16:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Galatians 1:22; 5:6
about
"A.D 46, at Lystra."
Acts 14:6; 22:17
in the
5:6-8; 1 Kings 18:12; 2 Kings 2:16; Ezekiel 8:1-3; 11:24; Acts 8:39,40; 22:17; Philippians 1:22,23; Revelation 1:10; 4:2
God
3; 11:11
caught
4; Luke 24:51; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Hebrews 9:24; Revelation 12:5
third
Genesis 1:14-20; 1 Kings 8:27; Isaiah 57:15

Verse 4
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
paradise
Ezekiel 31:9; Luke 23:43; Revelation 2:7
lawful
or, possible.

Verse 5
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
such
yet
9,10; 11:30

Verse 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.
I would
10:8; 11:16; 1 Corinthians 3:5,9,10
I will
1:18; 11:31; Job 24:25; Romans 9:1
above that
7; 10:9,10

Verse 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.
lest
10:5; 11:20; Deuteronomy 8:14; 17:20; 2 Chronicles 26:16; 32:25,26,31; Daniel 5:20; 1 Timothy 3:6
the abundance
a thorn
Genesis 32:25,31; Judges 2:3; Ezekiel 28:24; Galatians 4:13
the messenger
Job 2:7; Luke 13:16; 1 Corinthians 5:5
to buffet
Matthew 26:67; 1 Corinthians 4:11

Verse 8
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
I besought
Deuteronomy 3:23-27; 1 Samuel 15:11; 2 Samuel 12:16-18; Psalms 77:2-11; Matthew 20:21,22; Matthew 26:39-44; Hebrews 5:7

Verse 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.
My grace
10; 3:5,6; Exodus 3:11,12; 4:10-15; Deuteronomy 33:25-27; Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 43:2; Jeremiah 1:6-9; Matthew 10:19,20; Luke 21:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 15:10; Colossians 1:28,29; 1 Timothy 1:14; Hebrews 4:16
for
Psalms 8:2; Isaiah 35:3,4; 40:29-31; 41:13-16; Daniel 10:16-19; Ephesians 3:16; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11; Hebrews 11:34
Most
10,15; Matthew 5:11,12
glory
5; 11:30
the power
2 Kings 2:15; Isaiah 4:5,6; 11:2; Zephaniah 3:17; Matthew 28:18,20; 1 Peter 4:13,14

Verse 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.
I take
1:4; 4:8-10,17; 7:4; Acts 5:41; Romans 5:3; 8:35-39; Philippians 1:29; 2:17,18; Colossians 1:24; James 1:2; 1 Peter 1:6,7; 4:13,14
in infirmities
11:23-30
for Christ's
4:5,11; 10:18; Luke 6:22; John 15:21; 1 Corinthians 4:10; Revelation 2:3
for when
9; 13:4,9; Ephesians 6:10

Verse 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.
become
1:6; 11:1,16,17
for in
12; 11:5; 1 Corinthians 3:4-7,22; Galatians 2:6-14
though
Luke 17:10; 1 Corinthians 3:7; 15:8-10; Ephesians 3:8

Verse 12
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
4:2; 6:4-10; 11:4,6; Romans 15:18,19; 1 Corinthians 1:5-7; 9:2; 14:18

Verse 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.
I myself
14; 11:8,9; 1 Corinthians 9:6,12,15-18
forgive
11:7

Verse 14
Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
the third
That is, the third time I have purposed to visit you. See the parallel passages.
1:15; 13:1; 1 Corinthians 4:19; 11:34; 16:5
for I
Proverbs 11:30; Acts 20:33; 1 Corinthians 10:33; Philippians 4:1,17; 1 Thessalonians 2:5,6,8,19,20; 1 Peter 5:2-4
for the
Genesis 24:35,36; 31:14,15; Proverbs 13:22; 19:14; 1 Corinthians 4:14,15; 1 Thessalonians 2:11

Verse 15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
will
9; 1:6,14; 2:3; 7:3; John 10:10,11; Galatians 4:10; Philippians 2:17; Colossians 1:24; 1 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Timothy 2:10
you
Gr. your souls.
14; Hebrews 13:17
though
6:12,13; 2 Samuel 13:39; 17:1-4; 18:33; 1 Corinthians 4:8-18

Verse 16
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
I did not
13; 11:9,10
being
That is, as my enemies represent.
1:12; 4:2; 7:2; 10:2,3; 1 Thessalonians 2:3,5; 1 Peter 2:3

Verse 17
Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
18; 2 Kings 5:16,20-27; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 16:10

Verse 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?
Titus
2:12,13; 7:2,6
with
8:6,18
walked we not in the same spirit
8:6,16-23; Philippians 2:19-22
in the same steps
Numbers 16:15; 1 Samuel 12:3,4; Nehemiah 5:14; Acts 20:33-35; Romans 4:12; 1 Peter 2:21

Verse 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.
think
3:1; 5:12
we speak
11:10,31; Romans 9:1
but
5:13; 10:8; 13:10; 1 Corinthians 9:12-23; 10:33; 14:26
dearly
15; 7:1; Romans 12:19; 1 Corinthians 10:14; Philippians 4:1

Verse 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:
I shall not
21; 13:9
and that
1:23,24; 2:1-3; 10:2,6,8,9; 13:2,10; 1 Corinthians 4:18-21; 5:3-5
debates
1 Corinthians 1:11; 3:3,4; 4:6-8,18; 6:7,8; 11:16-19; 14:36,37; Galatians 5:15,19-21; Galatians 5:26; Ephesians 4:31,32; James 3:14-16; 4:1-5; 1 Peter 2:1
whisperings
Psalms 41:7; Proverbs 16:28; Romans 1:29
swellings
2 Peter 2:18; Jude 1:16

Verse 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.
my God
7; 8:24; 9:3,4
that I
2:1-4; Exodus 32:31; Deuteronomy 9:15,25; 1 Samuel 15:35; Ezra 9:3; 10:1; Psalms 119:136; Jeremiah 9:1; 13:17; Luke 9:41,42; Romans 9:2; Philippians 3:18,19
sinned
13:2
and have not
2:5-11; 7:9-11; 10:6; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 22:20
uncleanness
Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 5:1,9-11; 6:15-18; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:5,6; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 4:2,3; 2 Peter 2:10-14,18; Jude 1:7,23; Revelation 21:8; 22:15


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/tsk/view.cgi?book=2co&chapter=012>.  

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