1I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord.2I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.3And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows —4and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.5On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.6Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.7And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.8Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me;9but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.10For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
7The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.8O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!9O fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want!10The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.11Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the LORD.12What man is there who desires life, and covets many days, that he may enjoy good?
24"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.25"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?26Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'32For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.34"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.