1 Corinthians 2:3
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New International Version
I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.

New Living Translation
I came to you in weakness--timid and trembling.

English Standard Version
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,

Berean Study Bible
I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.

Berean Literal Bible
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

New American Standard Bible
I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,

King James Bible
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

International Standard Version
It was in weakness, fear, and great trembling that I came to you.

NET Bible
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and with much trembling.

New Heart English Bible
When I was with you, I was weak and afraid and I shook.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I was with you in much fear and in trembling.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When I came to you, I was weak. I was afraid and very nervous.

New American Standard 1977
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.

King James 2000 Bible
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

American King James Version
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

American Standard Version
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Darby Bible Translation
And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling;

English Revised Version
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

Weymouth New Testament
And so far as I myself was concerned, I came to you in conscious feebleness and in fear and in deep anxiety.

World English Bible
I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.

Young's Literal Translation
and I, in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling, was with you;
Study Bible
Paul's Message by the Spirit's Power
2For I decided to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,…
Cross References
Isaiah 19:16
In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He is going to wave over them.

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored.

2 Corinthians 7:15
And his affection for you is even greater when he remembers that you were all obedient as you welcomed him with fear and trembling.

2 Corinthians 10:1
Now by the mildness and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you--I, Paul, who am humble when face to face with you, but bold when away.

2 Corinthians 10:10
For some say, "His letters are weighty and forceful, but his physical presence is unimpressive, and his speaking is of no account."

2 Corinthians 11:30
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:5
I will boast about such a man, but I will not boast about myself, except in my weaknesses.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 13:4
For He was indeed crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God's power. And though we are weak in Him, yet by God's power we will live with Him to serve you.

2 Corinthians 13:9
In fact, we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong, and our prayer is for your perfection.
Treasury of Scripture

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 4:10-13 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are …

Acts 17:1,6-12 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came …

Acts 20:18,19 And when they were come to him, he said to them, You know, from the …

2 Corinthians 4:1,7-12,16 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, …

2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

2 Corinthians 10:1,10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

2 Corinthians 11:29,30 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not…

2 Corinthians 12:5-10 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but …

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the …

Galatians 4:13,14 You know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel …

(3) And I was with you.--To show that the real force of his teaching lay in its subject-matter, and not in any power with which he may have proclaimed the gospel, the Apostle now dwells upon his own physical weakness. The "weakness and fear and trembling" of which St. Paul speaks here had in it probably a large element of that self-distrust which so noble and sensitive a nature would feel in the fulfilment of such an exalted mission as the preaching of the Cross. I cannot think, however, the allusion is only to that. There is, I believe, a reference also to what we may call a physical apprehension of danger. The bravest are not those who do not experience any sensation of fear, but rather those who keenly appreciate danger, who have an instinctive shrinking from it, and yet eventually by their moral might conquer this dread. There are traces of this element in St. Paul's character to be found in several places, as, for example, in Acts 18:9, when the Lord encourages him when labouring at Corinth with the hopeful words, "Be not afraid;" again in Acts 23:11, when the terrible scene before Ananias had depressed him, the Lord is with him to strengthen him, "Be of good cheer, Paul;" and in Acts 27:24, when the angel of the Lord appears to him amid the storm and shipwreck, "Fear not, Paul."

Verse 3. - I was with you; literally, I became or proved myself, towards you, as in 1 Corinthians 16:10. In weakness. St. Paul was physically weak and liable also to nervous weakness and depression (1 Corinthians 4:7-12; Galatians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 10:1, 10; 2 Corinthians 12:7, 10). He shows an occasional self distrust rising from the consciousness of personal infirmities. This enhances our sense of his heroic courage and endurance. Doubtless this physical weakness and nervous depression were connected with his "stake in the flesh," which seems to have been an acute and distressing form of ophthalmia, accompanied with cerebral disturbance (see my 'Life of St. Paul,' 1:215-221). In fear, and in much trembling. Probably the words are even literally true, though they are a common phrase (2 Corinthians 7:15; Philippians 2:12, 13; Ephesians 6:5). It must be remembered that in his first visit to Corinth St. Paul had gone through stormy and troubled days (Acts 18:1-12). And I was with you in weakness,.... Meaning either the weakness of his bodily presence, the contemptibleness of his voice, and the mean figure he made as a preacher among them, both with respect to the matter and manner of his ministry in the eyes of many; or his lowly and humble deportment among them, not exerting the power and authority Christ had given him as an apostle; but choosing rather to work with his own hands, as he did at Corinth, to minister to his own necessities, and those of others; or the many persecutions which he endured there for the sake of preaching a crucified Christ; and which he sometimes calls "infirmities"; see 2 Corinthians 12:9 wherefore it is added,

and in fear, and in much trembling: not only on account of the greatness and awfulness of the work in which he was engaged, and lest the souls he ministered unto should be drawn aside from the truth, and into a sinful compliance; but because of the violence of men against him, threatening his life, and lying in wait for it: hence, the Lord, to encourage him, spake in a vision to him, and bid him not be afraid, but boldly preach his Gospel, and not be silent; assuring him of his presence, and that no man should set on him to hurt him, for he had many chosen vessels there to call by his grace through his ministry, Acts 18:9 which no doubt greatly served to remove the fears and tremor that attended him. 3. I—the preacher: as 1Co 2:2 describes the subject, "Christ crucified," and 1Co 2:4 the mode of preaching: "my speech … not with enticing words," "but in demonstration of the Spirit."

weakness—personal and bodily (2Co 10:10; 12:7, 9; Ga 4:13).

trembling—(compare Php 2:12). Not personal fear, but a trembling anxiety to perform a duty; anxious conscientiousness, as proved by the contrast to "eye service" (Eph 6:5) [Conybeare and Howson].2:1-5 Christ, in his person, and offices, and sufferings, is the sum and substance of the gospel, and ought to be the great subject of a gospel minister's preaching, but not so as to leave out other parts of God's revealed truth and will. Paul preached the whole counsel of God. Few know the fear and trembling of faithful ministers, from a deep sense of their own weakness They know how insufficient they are, and are fearful for themselves. When nothing but Christ crucified is plainly preached, the success must be entirely from Divine power accompanying the word, and thus men are brought to believe, to the salvation of their souls.
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