It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord (YHWH).
2 I knew a man in Messiah (Mashiach) above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell; God (Elohim) knoweth;) such a 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 (Elohim) 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 a 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 (YHWH) thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you; for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of the Messiah (haMashiach) may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for the Messiah (haMashiach)’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.
11 I am become a fool in glorying; you 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 you were inferior to other assemblies (ekklesias), 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 yours, 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 you that we excuse ourselves unto you? We speak before God (Elohim, יהוה (YHWH)) in Messiah (Mashiach); 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 you would not; lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;
21 And lest, when I come again, my God (Elohim) will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many who have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.