Vincent Word Studies - 2 Corinthians 12:2 - 12:2

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Vincent Word Studies - 2 Corinthians 12:2 - 12:2

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This Chapter Verse Commentaries:

I knew (οἶδα)

Rev., correctly, I know.

Above fourteen years ago (πρὸ ἐτῶν δεκατεσσάρων)

Above, of A.V., is due to a misunderstanding of the Greek idiom. Lit., before fourteen years, that is, fourteen years ago, as Rev.

Caught up (ἁρπαγέντα)

Compare Dante:

“Thou knowest, who didst lift me with thy light”

“Paradiso,” i., 75.

The verb suits the swift, resistless, impetuous seizure of spiritual ecstasy. See on Mat 11:12; and compare Act 8:39; 1Th 4:17; Rev 12:5.

Third heaven

It is quite useless to attempt to explain this expression according to any scheme of celestial gradation. The conception of seven heavens was familiar to the Jews; but according to some of the Rabbins there were two heavens - the visible clouds and the sky; in which case the third heaven would be the invisible region beyond the sky. Some think that Paul describes two stages of his rapture; the first to the third heaven, from which he was borne, as if from a halting-point, up into Paradise.