Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. (2 Corinthians 11:22)

Are they servants of Christ?--I speak as if insane--I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death. (2 Corinthians 11:23)

Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. (2 Corinthians 11:24)

Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. (2 Corinthians 11:25)

I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; (2 Corinthians 11:26)

I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. (2 Corinthians 11:27)

Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. (2 Corinthians 11:28)

Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern? (2 Corinthians 11:29)

If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. (2 Corinthians 11:30)

The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. (2 Corinthians 11:31)

In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me, (2 Corinthians 11:32)

and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands. (2 Corinthians 11:33)

Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 12:1)

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a man was caught up to the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2)

And I know how such a man--whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows-- (2 Corinthians 12:3)

was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. (2 Corinthians 12:4)

On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 12:5)

For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me. (2 Corinthians 12:6)

Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me--to keep me from exalting myself! (2 Corinthians 12:7)

Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. (2 Corinthians 12:8)

And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)


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