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Passage Lookup: 2 Corinthians 12

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2 Corinthians 12:1
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(C1)Boasting is necessary, though it is not beneficial; but I will go on to visions and (C2)revelations (F1)of the Lord.
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2 Corinthians 12:2
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I know a man (C1)in Christ, who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, (C2)God knows—such a man was (C3)caught up to the (C4)third heaven.
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2 Corinthians 12:3
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And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, (C1)God knows—
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2 Corinthians 12:4
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was (C1)caught up into (C2)Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
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2 Corinthians 12:5
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(C1)In behalf of such a man I will boast; but in my own behalf I will not boast, except regarding my (C2)weaknesses.
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2 Corinthians 12:6
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For if I do wish to boast I will not be (C1)foolish, (C2)for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.
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2 Corinthians 12:7
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Because of the extraordinary greatness of the (C1)revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given to me a (C2)thorn in the flesh, a (C3)messenger of Satan to (F1)torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
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2 Corinthians 12:8
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Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord (C1)three times that it might leave me.
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2 Corinthians 12:9
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And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for (C1)power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather (C2)boast (F1)about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
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2 Corinthians 12:10
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Therefore (C1)I delight in weaknesses, in (F1)insults, in (C2)distresses, in (C3)persecutions, in (C2)difficulties, (C4)in behalf of Christ; for (C5)when I am weak, then I am strong.
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2 Corinthians 12:11
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I have become (C1)foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, since I was (C2)in no respect inferior to the (F1)most eminent apostles, even though (C3)I am a nobody.
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2 Corinthians 12:12
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The (C1)distinguishing marks (F1)of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by (F2)signs, wonders, and (F3)miracles.
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2 Corinthians 12:13
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For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that (C1)I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me (C2)this wrong!
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2 Corinthians 12:14
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Here (C1)for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I (C2)will not be a burden to you; for I (C3)do not seek what is yours, but (C4)you; for (C5)children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but (C6)parents for their children.
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2 Corinthians 12:15
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I will (C1)most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If (C2)I love you more, am I to be loved less?
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2 Corinthians 12:16
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But be that as it may, I (C1)did not burden you myself; nevertheless, devious person that I am, I (C2)took you in by deceit.
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2 Corinthians 12:17
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(C1)Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I?
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2 Corinthians 12:18
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I (C1)urged (C2)Titus to go, and I sent (C3)the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not (F1)conduct ourselves (F2)in the same (C4)spirit and walk (C5)in the same steps?
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2 Corinthians 12:19
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All this time (F1)you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, (C1)it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and (C2)all for building you up, (C3)beloved.
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2 Corinthians 12:20
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For I am afraid that perhaps (C1)when I come I may find you to be not what I wish, and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be (C2)strife, jealousy, (C3)angry tempers, (C4)selfishness, (C5)slanders, (C6)gossip, (C7)arrogance, (C8)disturbances;
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2 Corinthians 12:21
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I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have (C1)sinned in the past and not repented of the (C2)impurity, sexual immorality, and indecent behavior which they have practiced.
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