Friday, September 24, 2021
II Corinthians 11:30-12:9
II Corinthians 11:30-12:9
 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie.
 At Damascus, the governor under King Ar’etas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me,
 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.
 I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.
 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.
 And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows —
 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.
 Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.
 And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.
 Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me;
 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
 Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.”
 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel,
 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.
 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”
 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him,
 saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles;
 and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.”
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