I will not be a fool (2 Cor. 12:6)

“But if I wish to boast,

I will not be a fool,

For I will be speaking

The truth.

But I refrain from it,

So that no one may think

Better of me

Than what is seen in me

Or heard from me.”

ἐὰν γὰρ θελήσω καυχήσασθαι, οὐκ ἔσομαι ἄφρων, ἀλήθειαν γὰρ ἐρῶ· φείδομαι δέ, μή τις εἰς ἐμὲ λογίσηται ὑπὲρ ὃ βλέπει με ἢ ἀκούει ἐξ ἐμοῦ

Paul said, “But if I wish to boast (ἐὰν γὰρ θελήσω καυχήσασθαι), I will not be a fool (οὐκ ἔσομαι ἄφρων), for I will be speaking the truth (ἀλήθειαν γὰρ ἐρῶ).  But I refrain from it (φείδομαι δέ), so that no one may think better of me (μή τις εἰς ἐμὲ λογίσηται) than what is seen in me (ὑπὲρ ὃ βλέπει με) or heard from me (ἢ ἀκούει ἐξ ἐμοῦ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσασθαι, that means to boast, glory, or exult proudly.  Paul was very careful about this boasting.  He did not want to be a fool.  He was going to speak the truth.  No one should think that he was better than he was or seemed.  Paul accepted his human weakness in the face of the supreme being God, the father and creator of all.  What he says and does can be judged on its own merits.  He was not going to brag about these visions and revelations to anyone.  They were between him and God.  What do you brag about?

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