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2 Corinthians 12:7

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12:7 even because of the extraordinary character of the revelations. Therefore, 1  so that I would not become arrogant, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to trouble 2  me – so that I would not become arrogant. 3 

1 tc Most mss (Ì46 D Ψ 1881 Ï) lack διό (dio, “Therefore”), but the widespread distribution and quality of mss which include it (א A B F G 0243 33 81 1175 1739 pc) argues for its authenticity. Internally, its case is equally strong in that its inclusion is grammatically rough (διό is hardly necessary to convey purpose, especially since Paul uses ἵνα [{ina, “so that”] next).

2 tn Or “to harass.”

3 tn The phrase “so that I might not become arrogant” is repeated here because it occurs in the Greek text two times in the verse. Although redundant, it is repeated because of the emphatic nature of its affirmation.



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