2 Corinthians: Chapter 12

The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. The 12th Chapter
Ver.
Wycliffe (1382/95)
Tyndale (1526)
Geneva (1560)
King James (1611)
12:1 If it behooveth to glory, soothly it speedeth not; forsooth I shall come to the visions and revelations of the Lord. It is not expedient for me no doubt to rejoice, Nevertheless I will come to visions and revelations of the lord. It is not expedient for me no doubt to rejoice: for I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. It is not expedient for me, doubtless, to glory, I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
12:2 I know a man in Christ that before fourteen years; whether in body, whether out of body, I know not, God knoweth; such a man snatched till to the third heaven. I know a man in Christ above fourteen years agone (whether he were in the body I cannot tell, or whether he were out of the body I cannot tell, god knoweth) which was taken up into the third heaven. I know a man in Christ above fourteen years agone, (whether he were in the body, I cannot tell, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth) which was taken up into the third heaven. 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.
12:3 And I know such a man; whether in body, or out of body, I know not, God knoweth; And I know the same man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell, god knoweth) And I know such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth.) And I knew such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell, God knoweth.)
12:4 that he was snatched into paradise, and heard privy words, which it is not leaveful to a man for to speak. how that he was taken up into paradise, and heard words not to be spoken, which no man can utter. How that he was taken up into Paradise, & heard words which cannot be spoken, which are not possible for man to utter. How that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
12:5 For such manner thing I shall glory; but for me nothing, but in mine infirmities. Of this man will I rejoice, of myself will I not rejoice, except it be of mine infirmities: Of such a man will I rejoice: of myself will I not rejoice, except it be of mine infirmities. Of such a one will I glory, yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
12:6 For why and if I shall will to glory, I shall not be unwise, for I shall say truth; but I spare, lest any man guess me over that thing that he seeth in me, or heareth any thing of me. and though I would rejoice I should not be a fool: for I will say the truth. Nevertheless I spare, lest any man should think of me above that he seeth me to be, or heareth of me. For though I would rejoice, I should not be a fool: for I will say the truth, but I refrain, lest any man should think of me above that he seeth in me, or that he heareth of me. 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:
12:7 And lest the greatness of revelations enhance me in pride, the prick of my flesh, an angel of Satan, is given to me, that he buffet me. And lest I should be exalted out of measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given unto me of god unquietness of the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me: because I should not be exalted out of measure. And lest I should be exalted out of measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given unto me a prick in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, because I should not be exalted out of measure. 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.
12:8 For which thing thrice I prayed the Lord, that it should go away from me. For this thing besought I the lord thrice, that it might depart from me: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
12:9 And he said to me, My grace sufficeth to thee; for virtue is perfectly made in infirmity. Therefore gladly I shall glory in mine infirmities, that the virtue of Christ dwell in me. and he said unto me: my grace is sufficient for thee. For my strength is made perfect through weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice of my weakness that the strength of Christ may dwell in me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect through weakness. Very gladly therefore will I rejoice rather in mine infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 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.
12:10 For which thing I am pleased in mine infirmities, in wrong despisings, in needs, in persecutions, in anguishes, for Christ; for when I am sick, then I am mighty. Therefore have I delectation in infirmities, in rebukes, in need, in persecutions, in anguish, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in anguish for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 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.
12:11 I am made unwitty, ye constrained me. For I ought to be commended of you; for I did nothing less than they that be apostles over measure. Though I be nought, I am made a fool in boasting myself. Ye have compelled me, I ought to have been commended of you. For in nothing was I inferior unto the chief apostles. Though I be nothing, I was a fool to boast myself: ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing was I inferior unto the very chief Apostles, though I be nothing. 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.
12:12 nevertheless the signs of my apostlehood be made on you, in all patience, and signs, and great wonders, and virtues. yet the tokens of an apostle were wrought among you with all patience: with signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. The signs of an Apostle were wrought among you with all patience, with signs, and wonders, and great works. Truly the signs of an Apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs and wonders, and mighty deeds.
12:13 And what is it, that ye had less before other churches, no but that I myself grieved you not? Forgive ye to me this wrong. For what is it wherein ye were inferiors unto other congregations? except it be therein that I was not grievous unto you. Forgive me this wrong done unto you. For what is it, wherein ye were inferiors unto other Churches, except that I have not been slothful to your hindrance? forgive me this wrong. 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.
12:14 Lo! this third time I am ready to come to you, and I shall not be grievous to you; for I seek not those things that be yours, but you. For neither sons owe to make treasure to father and mother, but the father and mother to the sons. Behold now the third time I am ready to come unto you, neither will I be grievous unto you. For I seek not yours but you. Also the children ought not to lay up for the fathers and mothers: but the fathers and mothers for the children. Behold, the third time I am ready to come unto you, and yet will I not be slothful to your hindrance: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the fathers, but the fathers for the children. 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.
12:15 For I most wilfully shall give, and I myself shall be given over for your souls; though I more love you, and be less loved. I will very gladly bestow, and will be bestowed for your souls: though the more I love you, the less I am loved again. And I will most gladly bestow, and will be bestowed for your souls: though the more I love you, the less I am loved. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
12:16 But be it; I grieved not you, but when I was subtle-wily, I took you with guile. But be it that I grieved you not: nevertheless I was crafty and took you with guile. But be it that I charged you not: yet forasmuch as I was crafty, I took you with guile. But be it so: I did not burden you: nevertheless being crafty, I caught you with guile.
12:17 Whether I deceived you by any of them, whom I sent to you? Did I pill you by any of them which I sent unto you? Did I pill you by any of them whom I sent unto you? Did I make a gain of you by any of them, whom I sent unto you?
12:18 I prayed Titus, and I sent with him a brother. Whether Titus beguiled you? whether we went not in the same spirit? whether not in the same steps? I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother: Did Titus defraud you of any thing? walked we not in one spirit? walked we not in like steps? I have desired Titus, & with him I have sent a brother: did Titus pill you of any thing? walked we not in the selfsame spirit? walked we not in the same steps? 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?
12:19 Sometime ye ween, that we shall excuse us with you. Before God in Christ we speak; and, forsooth, most dear brethren, all things for your edifying. Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves? we speak in Christ in the sight of God. But we do all things dearly beloved for your edifying. 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. Again, think you that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
12:20 But I dread, lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I will, and I shall be found of you such as ye will not; lest peradventure strivings, envies, sturdinesses, dissensions and detractions, privy speeches of discord, swellings by pride, debates be among you; For I fear lest it come to pass, that when I come, I shall not find you such as I would: and I shall be found unto you such as ye would not. I fear lest there be found among you lawing, envying, wrath, strife, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, and debate. 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, and lest there be strife, envying, wrath, contentions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings & discord. 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,
12:21 lest again when I shall come, God make me humble with you, so that and I bewail many of them, that before sinned, and did not penance of the uncleanness, and fornication, and unchastity, that they have done. I fear lest when I come again, God bring me low among you, and I be constrained to bewail many of them which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and wantonness which they have committed. I fear lest when I come again, my God abase me among you, and I shall bewail many of them which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and wantonness, which they have committed. 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.
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