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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

2 Corinthians 12

Verse 2

A man in Christ; a Christian, referring doubtless to himself.--Caught up; suddenly transported.--The third heaven; the spiritual heaven, the abode of the blessed. It is often thus designated by Jewish writers, to distinguish it from the region of the clouds, which they called the first heaven, and that of the heavenly bodies, which was the second. It is called paradise in 2 Corinthians 12:4.

Verse 4

Commentators have indulged themselves in many fanciful speculations in regard to this statement respecting the entrance of the apostle into the spiritual world. We are not, however, authorized to add any thing to the account here given, or to understand by it any thing more than Paul intended that this language should distinctly convey; which is, simply, that he received a special mark and token of the divine favor, in being admitted to an unusual communication with the spiritual world, of the nature and circumstances of which, however, he purposely withholds all information.

Verse 5

Of such a one; of one receiving such a proof of the divine regard.--Of myself; of my own personal character and actions.

Verse 7

The abundance of the revelations; the greatness and extraordinariness of the revelation referred to above.--A thorn in the flesh; some peculiar and long-continued temptation or trial, the nature of which he chose to conceal.

Verse 12

Were wrought among you; that is, by him, when he went first to plant the gospel among them.

Verse 13

This wrong; if this be a wrong, forgive it.

Verse 14

The third time I am ready, &c. Once he had been among them; a second time he had intended to go, but circumstances had prevented. This, therefore, was the third time of his forming such a design.--The children. They were his children in a spiritual sense.

Verse 15

Though the more, &c.; that is, even though it should be so.

Verse 16

Be it so, I did not, &c.; that is, perhaps it is so said, namely, that I did not burden you, but being crafty, &c. The 2 Corinthians 12:17-21 contain his reply to this supposed charge.

Verse 19

That we excuse ourselves; that we wish to defend ourselves.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 12". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.