His raptures and revelations, His being buffeted by Satan. His fear for the Corinthians.
 If I must glory (it is not expedient indeed), but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Si gloriari oportet ( non expedit quidem), veniam autem ad visiones et revelationes Domini.
 I know a man in Christ above fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not, or out of the body, I know not; God knoweth), such a one caught up to the third heaven.
Scio hominem in Christo ante annos quatuordecim, sive in corpore nescio, sive extra corpus nescio, Deus scit, raptum hujusmodi usque ad tertium caelum.
 And I know such a man (whether in the body, or out of the body, I know not: God knoweth),
Et scio hujusmodi hominem sive in corpore, sive extra corpus nescio, Deus scit :
 That he was caught up into paradise, and heard secret words, which it is not granted to man to utter.
quoniam raptus est in paradisum : et audivit arcana verba, quae non licet homini loqui.
 For such an one I will glory; but for myself I will glory nothing, but in my infirmities.
Pro hujusmodi gloriabor : pro me autem nihil gloriabor nisi in infirmitatibus meis.
 For though I should have a mind to glory, I shall not be foolish; for I will say the truth. But I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth in me, or any thing he heareth from me.
Nam etsi voluero gloriari, non ero insipiens : veritatem enim dicam : parco autem, ne quis me existimet supra id quod videt in me, aut aliquid audit ex me.
 And lest the greatness of the revelations should exalt me, there was given me a sting of my flesh, an angel of Satan, to buffet me.
Et ne magnitudo revelationum extollat me, datus est mihi stimulus carnis meae angelus Satanae, qui me colaphizet.
 For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me.
Propter quod ter Dominum rogavi ut discederet a me :
 And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
et dixit mihi : Sufficit tibi gratia mea : nam virtus in infirmitate perficitur. Libenter igitur gloriabor in infirmitatibus meis, ut inhabitet in me virtus Christi.
 For which cause I please myself in my infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ. For when I am weak, then am I powerful.
Propter quod placeo mihi in infirmitatibus meis, in contumeliis, in necessitatibus, in persecutionibus, in angustiis pro Christo : cum enim infirmor, tunc potens sum.
 I am become foolish: you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you: for I have no way come short of them that are above measure apostles, although I be nothing.
Factus sum insipiens, vos me coegistis. Ego enim a vobis debui commendari : nihil enim minus fui ab iis, qui sunt supra modum Apostoli : tametsi nihil sum :
 Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
signa tamen apostolatus mei facta sunt super vos in omni patientia, in signis, et prodigiis, et virtutibus.
 For what is there that you have had less than the other churches, but that I myself was not burthensome to you? Pardon me this injury.
Quid est enim, quod minus habuistis prae ceteris ecclesiis, nisi quod ego ipse non gravavi vos? donate mihi hanc injuriam.
 Behold now the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burthensome unto you. For I seek not the things that are yours, but you. For neither ought the children to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
Ecce tertio hoc paratus sum venire ad vos : et non ero gravis vobis. Non enim quaero quae vestra sunt, sed vos. Nec enim debent filii parentibus thesaurizare, sed parentes filiis.
 But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls; although loving you more, I be loved less.
Ego autem libentissime impendam, et super impendar ipse pro animabus vestris : licet plus vos diligens, minus diligar.
 But be it so: I did not burthen you: but being crafty, I caught you by guile.
Sed esto : ego vos non gravavi : sed cum essem astutus, dolo vos cepi.
 Did I overreach you by any of them whom I sent to you?
Numquid per aliquem eorum, quod misi ad vos, circumveni vos?
 I desired Titus, and I sent with him a brother. Did Titus overreach you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? did we not in the same steps?
Rogavi Titum, et misi cum illo fratrem. Numquid Titus vos circumvenit? nonne eodem spiritu ambulavimus? nonne iisdem vestigiis?
 Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ; but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification.
Olim putatis quod excusemus nos apud vos? coram Deo in Christo loquimur : omnia autem, carissimi, propter aedificationem vestram.
 For I fear lest perhaps when I come I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you.
Timeo enim ne forte cum venero, non quales volo, inveniam vos : et ego inveniar a vobis, qualem non vultis : ne forte contentiones, aemulationes, animositates, dissensiones, detractiones, susurrationes, inflationes, seditiones sint inter vos :
 Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before, and have not done penance for the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness, that they have committed.
ne iterum cum venero, humiliet me Deus apud vos, et lugeam multos ex iis qui ante peccaverunt, et non egerunt poenitentiam super immunditia, et fornicatione, et impudicitia, quam gesserunt.