Understanding the Scriptures
|Unspeakable (v. 4)||Indescribable, perhaps too holy to be talked about|
|Buffet (v. 7)||Mistreat|
|Bewail (v. 21)||Mourn for|
|Lasciviousness (v. 21)||Unbridled lust|
2 Corinthians 12:2—Paul Sees the Celestial Kingdom
Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “Speaking of himself, Paul says he was ‘caught up to the third heaven,’ which is the celestial kingdom” (The Mortal Messiah, 4:394).
2 Corinthians 12:7—“A Thorn in the Flesh”
Neither the scriptures nor modern revelation tells us what “thorn in the flesh” afflicted or tormented Paul. Many believe Paul was afflicted with a physical disability that hindered his missionary labors.
|Reprobates (v. 5)||Those who are unworthy or fail the test|
|To edification, and not to destruction (v. 10)||To strengthen you, and not to condemn you|
2 Corinthians 13:1—“Two or Three Witnesses”
God always provides more than one witness to support His words. This is called the law of witnesses (see 2 Nephi 11:3–4; D&C 6:28). Even today priesthood ordinances must be performed with more than one witness present.
2 Corinthians 13:12—“Greet One Another with an Holy Kiss”
The Joseph Smith Translation changes the word kiss to salutation, meaning a warm greeting.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study 2 Corinthians 12–13.
Unlock the Scriptures
Choose a Favorite Verse
As you read 2 Corinthians 13, choose a verse that stands out to you as being very important. Write that verse in your notebook and tell why you chose it.