Boasting (2 Cor. 12:5)

“On behalf of this man

I will boast,

But on my own behalf,

I will not boast,

Except of my weaknesses.”

ὑπὲρ τοῦ τοιούτου καυχήσομαι, ὑπὲρ δὲ ἐμαυτοῦ οὐ καυχήσομαι εἰ μὴ ἐν ταῖς ἀσθενείαις.

Paul said that on behalf of this man (ὑπὲρ τοῦ τοιούτου), he would boast (καυχήσομαι), but on my own behalf (ὑπὲρ δὲ ἐμαυτοῦ), I will not boast (οὐ καυχήσομαι), except of my weaknesses (εἰ μὴ ἐν ταῖς ἀσθενείαις).  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσομαι, that means to boast, glory, or exult proudly.  Paul continued to use the third person singular instead of the first person singular to speak about his vision and revelations with God.  Paul was not going to boast about anything except his own weaknesses.  He would boast about himself only in the third person singular not in the first person.  He was not going to reveal the contents of his spiritual revelatory experiences.  Would you reveal a spiritual message that God sent to you?

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