Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Summary

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

The abundance

A thorn

General references

Bible References

Lest

2 Corinthians 10:5
For we overthrow arrogant 'reckonings,' and every stronghold that towers high in defiance of the knowledge of God, and we carry off every thought as if into slavery--into subjection to Christ;
2 Corinthians 11:20
For you tolerate it, if any one enslaves you, lives at your expense, makes off with your property, gives himself airs, or strikes you on the face.
1 Timothy 3:6
He ought not to be a new convert, for fear he should be blinded with pride and come under the same condemnation as the Devil.

The abundance

2 Corinthians 12:1
I am compelled to boast. It is not a profitable employment, but I will proceed to visions and revelations granted me by the Lord.

A thorn

Galatians 4:13
And you know that in those early days it was on account of bodily infirmity that I proclaimed the Good News to you,

The messenger

Luke 13:16
And this woman, daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan had bound for no less than eighteen years, was she not to be loosed from this chain because it is the Sabbath day?"
1 Corinthians 5:5
I have handed over such a man to Satan for the destruction of his body, that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord Jesus.

To buffet

Matthew 26:67
Then they spat in His face, and struck Him--some with the fist, some with the open hand--
1 Corinthians 4:11
To this very moment we endure both hunger and thirst, with scanty clothing and many a blow.

General references

1 Corinthians 2:3
And so far as I myself was concerned, I came to you in conscious feebleness and in fear and in deep anxiety.