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2 Corinthians 12:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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 1769)
— How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— That he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable things said which it is not allowed to man to utter.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— How that he was caught away into paradise, and heard unspeakable things, which it is not allowable for a man to utter:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— that he was caught away to the paradise, and heard unutterable sayings, that it is not possible for man to speak.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— That he was caught up into paradise and heard secret words which it is not granted to man to utter.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— How that he was caught vp into Paradise, and heard vnspeakeable wordes, which it is not lawfull for a man to vtter.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and he was rapt into paradise, and heard words which are not uttered, those which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and he was caught up to Paradise, and heard ineffable words, which it is not permitted a man to utter.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
How that 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
he was caught up 726
{0726} Prime
ἁρπάζω
harpazo
{har-pad'-zo}
From a derivative of G0138; to seize (in various applications).
z5648
<5648> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 72
into 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
paradise, 3857
{3857} Prime
παράδεισος
paradeisos
{par-ad'-i-sos}
Of Oriental origin (compare [H6508]); a park, that is, (specifically) an Eden (place of future happiness, 'paradise').
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
heard 191
{0191} Prime
ἀκούω
akouo
{ak-oo'-o}
A primary verb; to hear (in various senses).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
unspeakable 731
{0731} Prime
ἄρρητος
arrhetos
{ar'-hray-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and the same as G4490; unsaid, that is, (by implication) inexpressible.
words, 4487
{4487} Prime
ῥῆμα
rhema
{hray'-mah}
From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever.
which 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
it is y1832
[1832] Standard
ἔξεστι
exesti
{ex'-es-tee}
Third person singular present indicative of a compound of G1537 and G1510; so also ἐξόν [[exon]], {ex-on'}; neuter present participle of the same (with or without some form of G1510 expressed); impersonally it is right (through the figurative idea of being out in public).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
not y3756
[3756] Standard
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
lawful 1832
{1832} Prime
ἔξεστι
exesti
{ex'-es-tee}
Third person singular present indicative of a compound of G1537 and G1510; so also ἐξόν [[exon]], {ex-on'}; neuter present participle of the same (with or without some form of G1510 expressed); impersonally it is right (through the figurative idea of being out in public).
z5752
<5752> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 186
x3756
(3756) Complement
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
for a man 444
{0444} Prime
ἄνθρωπος
anthropos
{anth'-ro-pos}
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
to utter. 2980
{2980} Prime
λαλέω
laleo
{lal-eh'-o}
A prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb; to talk, that is, utter words.
z5658
<5658> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 516
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 12:4

_ _ unspeakable — not in themselves, otherwise Paul could not have heard them; but as the explanation states, “which it is not lawful ... to utter” [Alford]. They were designed for Paul’s own consolation, and not for communication to others. Some heavenly words are communicable (Exodus 34:6; Isaiah 6:3). These were not so. Paul had not the power adequately to utter; nor if he had, would he have been permitted; nor would earthly men comprehend them (John 3:12; 1 Corinthians 2:9). A man may hear and know more than he can speak.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 12:4

How that he was caught up into (c) paradise, and heard (d) unspeakable words, which it is not (e) lawful for a man to utter.

(c) So the Greeks name that which we call a park, that is to say, a place where trees are planted, and wild beasts kept. And those that translated the Old Testament out of Hebrew into Greek, called the garden of Eden by this name, into which Adam was put immediately after his creation, as a most delicate and pleasant place. And from this it occurred that the blessed seat of the glory of God is called by that name.

(d) Which no man is able to utter.

(e) Which the saints themselves are not by any means able to express, because it is God himself. This is the way that Clement of Alexandria explains this passage, Strom. 5.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
paradise:

Ezekiel 31:9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that [were] in the garden of God, envied him.
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

lawful:
or, possible
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