2 Corinthians 12:4

“How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

How that he was caught vp into Paradise, and heard vnspeakeable wordes, which it is not lawfull for a man to vtter.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
- American Standard Version (1901)

How he was taken up into Paradise, and words came to his ears which may not be said, and which man is not able to say.
- Basic English Bible

that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable things said which it is not allowed to man to utter.
- Darby Bible

That he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
- Webster's Bible

God knows--was caught up into Paradise and heard unspeakable things which no human being is permitted to repeat.
- Weymouth Bible

how he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
- World English Bible

that he was rauyschid in to paradis, and herde preuy wordis, whiche it is not leueful to a man to speke.
- Wycliffe Bible

that he was caught away to the paradise, and heard unutterable sayings, that it is not possible for man to speak.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:4


12:4 He was caught up into paradise - The seat of happy spirits in their separate state, between death and the resurrection. Things which it is not possible for man to utter - Human language being incapable of expressing them. Here he anticipated the joyous rest of the righteous that die in the Lord. But this rapture did not precede, but follow after, his being caught up to the third heaven: a strong intimation that he must first discharge his mission, and then enter into glory. And beyond all doubt, such a foretaste of it served to strengthen him in all his after trials, when he could call to mind the very joy that was prepared for him.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:4


2Co 12:4 He was caught up into paradise. "Paradise" and "the third heaven" (2Co 12:2) evidently mean the same. The term applied to a blessed abode beyond the life in Lu 23:43 Re 2:7. Heard unspeakable words. Words that would be neither right nor possible to reveal in human speech.

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