11:21. I seek according to dishonour, as if we had been weak in this part. Wherein if any man dare (I speak foolishly), I dare also.
11:22. They are Hebrews: so am I. They are Israelites: so am I. They are the seed of Abraham: so am I.
11:23. They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as one less wise): I am more; in many more labours, in prisons more frequently, in stripes above measure, in deaths often.
11:24. Of the Jews five times did I receive forty stripes save one.
11:25. Thrice was I beaten with rods: once I was stoned: thrice I suffered shipwreck: a night and a day I was in the depth of the sea.
11:26. In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false brethren:
11:27. In labour and painfulness, in much watchings, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness:
11:28. Besides those things which are without: my daily instance, the solicitude for all the churches.
My daily instance... The labours that come in, and press upon me every day.
11:29. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized, and I am not on fire?
11:30. If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my infirmity.
11:31. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for ever, knoweth that I lie not.
11:32. At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes, to apprehend me.
11:33. And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall: and so escaped his hands.
2 Corinthians Chapter 12
His raptures and revelations, His being buffeted by Satan. His fear for the Corinthians.
12:1. If I must glory (it is not expedient indeed) but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
12:2. I know a man in Christ: above fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not, or out of the body, I know not: God knoweth), such a one caught up to the third heaven.
12:3. And I know such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I know not: God knoweth):
12:4. That he was caught up into paradise and heard secret words which it is not granted to man to utter.
12:5. For such an one I will glory: but for myself I will glory nothing but in my infirmities.
12:6. For though I should have a mind to glory, I shall not be foolish: for I will say the truth. But I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth in me, or any thing he heareth from me.
12:7. And lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me.
12:8. For which thing, thrice I besought the Lord that it might depart from me.
12:9. And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee: for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
Power is made perfect... The strength and power of God more perfectly shines forth in our weakness and infirmity; as the more weak we are of ourselves, the more illustrious is his grace in supporting us, and giving us the victory under all trials and conflicts.
12:10. For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.
12:11. I am become foolish. You have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended by you. For I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, although I be nothing.
12:12. Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
12:13. For what is there that you have had less than the other churches but that I myself was not burthensome to you? Pardon me this injury.
12:14. Behold now the third time I am ready to come to you and I will not be burthensome unto you. For I seek not the things that are yours, but you. For neither ought the children to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
12:15. But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls: although loving you more, I be loved less.
12:16. But be it so: I did not burthen you: but being crafty, I caught you by guile.
12:17. Did I overreach you by any of them whom I sent to you?
12:18. I desired Titus: and I sent with him a brother. Did Titus overreach you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? Did we not in the same steps?
12:19. Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ: but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification.
12:20. For I fear lest perhaps, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you.
12:21. Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before and have not done penance for the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness that they have committed.
2 Corinthians Chapter 13
He threatens the impenitent, to provoke them to penance.
13:1. Behold, this is the third time I am coming to you: In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word stand.
13:2. I have told before and foretell, as present and now absent, to them that sinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare.
13:3. Do you seek a proof of Christ that speaketh in me, who towards you is not weak, but is mighty in you?
13:4. For although he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him: but we shall live with him by the power of God towards you.
13:5. Try your own selves if you be in the faith: prove ye yourselves.
Know you not your own selves, that Christ Jesus is in you, unless perhaps you be reprobates?
13:6. But I trust that you shall know that we are not reprobates.
13:7. Now we pray God that you may do no evil, not that we may appear approved, but that you may do that which is good and that we may be as reprobates.
Reprobates... that is, without proof, by having no occasion of shewing our power in punishing you.
13:8. For we can do nothing against the truth: but for the truth.