1 Gloriari oportet; non expedit quidem, veniam autem ad visiones et revelationes Domini.
2 Scio hominem in Christo ante annos quattuordecim - sive in corpore nescio, sive extra corpus nescio, Deus scit - raptum eiusmodi usque ad tertium caelum.
3 Et scio huiusmodi hominem - sive in corpore sive extra corpus nescio, Deus scit -
4 quoniam raptus est in paradisum et audivit arcana verba, quae non licet homini loqui.
5 Pro eiusmodi gloriabor; pro me autem nihil gloriabor nisi in infirmitatibus meis.
6 Nam, et si voluero gloriari, non ero insipiens, veritatem enim dicam; parco autem, ne quis in me existimet supra id, quod videt me aut audit ex me,
7 et ex magnitudine revelationum. Propter quod, ne extollar, datus est mihi stimulus carni, angelus Satanae, ut me colaphizet, ne extollar.
8 Propter quod ter Dominum rogavi, ut discederet a me;
9 et dixit mihi: "Sufficit tibi gratia mea, nam virtus in infirmitate perficitur". Libentissime igitur potius gloriabor in infirmitatibus meis, ut inhabitet in me virtus Christi.
10 Propter quod placeo mihi in infirmitatibus, in contumeliis, in necessitatibus, in persecutionibus et in angustiis, pro Christo; cum enim infirmor, tunc potens sum.
11 Factus sum insipiens. Vos me coegistis; ego enim debui a vobis commendari. Nihil enim minus fui ab his, qui sunt supra modum apostoli, tametsi nihil sum;
12 signa tamen apostoli facta sunt super vos in omni patientia, signis quoque et prodigiis et virtutibus.
13 Quid est enim quod minus habuistis prae ceteris ecclesiis, nisi quod ego ipse non gravavi vos? Donate mihi hanc iniuriam.
14 Ecce tertio hoc paratus sum venire ad vos et non ero gravis vobis; non enim quaero, quae vestra sunt, sed vos; nec enim debent filii parentibus thesaurizare, sed parentes filiis.
15 Ego autem libentissime impendam et superimpendar ipse pro animabus vestris. Si plus vos diligo, minus diligar?
16 Esto quidem, ego vos non gravavi; sed cum essem astutus, dolo vos cepi.
17 Numquid per aliquem eorum, quos misi ad vos, circumveni vos?
18 Rogavi Titum et misi cum illo fratrem; numquid Titus vos circumvenit? Nonne eodem spiritu ambulavimus? Nonne iisdem vestigiis?
19 Olim putatis quod excusemus nos apud vos? Coram Deo in Christo loquimur; omnia autem, carissimi, propter vestram aedificationem.
20 Timeo enim, ne forte, cum venero, non quales volo, inveniam vos, et ego inveniar a vobis, qualem non vultis; ne forte contentiones, aemulationes, animositates, dissensiones, detractiones, susurrationes, inflationes, seditiones sint;
21 ne iterum, cum venero, humiliet me Deus meus apud vos, et lugeam multos ex his, qui ante peccaverunt et non egerunt paenitentiam super immunditia et fornicatione et impudicitia, quam gesserunt.
King James Version
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.