1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved. He who keeps you willnot slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your righthand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve yoursoul. 8 The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in fromthis time forth, and even forevermore.
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance ofthe revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messengerof Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that itmight depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficientfor you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Thereforemost gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power ofChrist may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’ssake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Signs of an Apostle11 I have become a fool in boasting;[a] you have compelled me. For Iought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was Ibehind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing. 12 Trulythe signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with allperseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.