And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations,2 that I should not to be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn3 in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.
And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest4 upon me.
Behold, this is the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be a burden 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.
For I fear, lest by any means, when I come, I should find you not such as I would, and should myself be found of you such as ye would not; lest by any means there should be strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults;11
lest again when I come my God should humble me before you, and I should mourn for many of them that have sinned heretofore, and repented not of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they committed.
Note 1. Some ancient authorities read Now to glory is not expedient, but I will come &c. [back]
Note 2. Some ancient authorities read revelationswherefore, that &c. [back]