If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.
I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,
On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses.
It is not good to eat much honey,
Nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.
Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.