2 Corinthians 12:8
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

New Living Translation
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.

English Standard Version
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.

Berean Study Bible
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

Berean Literal Bible
Three times I begged the Lord for this, that it might depart from me.

New American Standard Bible
Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.

King James Bible
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me.

International Standard Version
I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me,

NET Bible
I asked the Lord three times about this, that it would depart from me.

New Heart English Bible
Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I begged of my Lord concerning this three times, to remove it from me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me.

New American Standard 1977
Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this thing I besought the Lord three times that it might be taken from me.

King James 2000 Bible
For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me.

American King James Version
For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

American Standard Version
Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which thing thrice I besought the Lord, that it might depart from me.

Darby Bible Translation
For this I thrice besought the Lord that it might depart from me.

English Revised Version
Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Weymouth New Testament
As for this, three times have I besought the Lord to rid me of him;

World English Bible
Concerning this thing, I begged the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

Young's Literal Translation
Concerning this thing thrice the Lord did I call upon, that it might depart from me,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:7-10 The apostle gives an account of the method God took to keep him humble, and to prevent his being lifted up above measure, on account of the visions and revelations he had. We are not told what this thorn in the flesh was, whether some great trouble, or some great temptation. But God often brings this good out of evil, that the reproaches of our enemies help to hide pride from us. If God loves us, he will keep us from being exalted above measure; and spiritual burdens are ordered to cure spiritual pride. This thorn in the flesh is said to be a messenger of Satan which he sent for evil; but God designed it, and overruled it for good. Prayer is a salve for every sore, a remedy for every malady; and when we are afflicted with thorns in the flesh, we should give ourselves to prayer. If an answer be not given to the first prayer, nor to the second, we are to continue praying. Troubles are sent to teach us to pray; and are continued, to teach us to continue instant in prayer. Though God accepts the prayer of faith, yet he does not always give what is asked for: as he sometimes grants in wrath, so he sometimes denies in love. When God does not take away our troubles and temptations, yet, if he gives grace enough for us, we have no reason to complain. Grace signifies the good-will of God towards us, and that is enough to enlighten and enliven us, sufficient to strengthen and comfort in all afflictions and distresses. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Thus his grace is manifested and magnified. When we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; when we feel that we are weak in ourselves, then we go to Christ, receive strength from him, and enjoy most the supplies of Divine strength and grace.
Study Bible
Paul's Thorn and God's Grace
7or with these surpassingly great revelations. So to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9But 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.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:44
So He left them and went away once more and prayed a third time, saying the same thing.

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words.
Treasury of Scripture

For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

I besought.

Deuteronomy 3:23-27 And I sought the LORD at that time, saying…

1 Samuel 15:11 It repents me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned …

2 Samuel 12:16-18 David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went …

Psalm 77:2-11 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, …

Matthew 20:21,22 And he said to her, What will you? She said to him, Grant that these …

Matthew 26:39-44 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

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