23 except that (A)the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.

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23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: (A)in labors more abundant, (B)in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, (C)in deaths often. 24 From the Jews five times I received (D)forty (E)stripes minus one. 25 Three times I was (F)beaten with rods; (G)once I was stoned; three times I (H)was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, (I)in perils of my own countrymen, (J)in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 in weariness and toil, (K)in sleeplessness often, (L)in hunger and thirst, in (M)fastings often, in cold and nakedness— 28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: (N)my deep concern for all the churches.

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The Thorn in the Flesh

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a (A)thorn in the flesh was given to me, (B)a messenger of Satan to [a]buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. (C)Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly (D)I will rather boast in my infirmities, (E)that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore (F)I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. (G)For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:7 beat

17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

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29 For to you (A)it has been granted on behalf of Christ, (B)not only to believe in Him, but also to (C)suffer for His sake,

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