Thorn In the Flesh 2 Corinthians 12:7 (King James Version) 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. So what was the thorn in the flesh? Why did he not get rid of it? Is it possible he got rid of it after the place when he spoke of it? If God put this ugly thing on him, why doesn't He put it on us too, to keep us from being puffed up. Why would God put that on Paul while telling us to get rid of that junk? This verse is so talked about, but I think, so misunderstood.