"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. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
One has to examine what Paul said carefully in order to deduce what it might have been. First let us examine what we know about it.
1. It is the messenger of satan sent to buffet him.
2. It was something that could have been removed.
3. It was something that the Lord could have removed, but did not.
4. God assured Paul that he could surrvice it.
5. It seems that Paul was restrained in some way by it.
6. It brought about reproach, necessities, persecution and distress and made him weak.
This indeed is a very heavy load.
Let us now look at what we know about Paul.
1. He was a member of the Sanhedrin.
2. In order to be a member of the Sanhedrin one had to have a wife.
3. We have no other reference in the Bible that he had a wife.
4. We have many examples in the Bible where satan used wives to get to their men.
5. satans plan seems to use woman to get to man to get to God.
I could go on. I cannot prove anything, but when it comes to 'more likely than not' it seems to me that it 'could' have been his wife.