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.

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.

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.

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,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - For this thing. In reference to this or "to him," the angel of Satan. The Lord. That is, Christ (1 Corinthians 1:3). Thrice (comp. Matthew 26:44).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,.... With respect to the thorn in the flesh, the messenger Satan, who gave him so much continual disturbance. This sent him to the throne of grace, to request of the Lord,

that it, or rather, "he might"

depart from me: this request greatly confirms the above sense, for it can hardly be thought the apostle would be so importunate about the removal of a common bodily affliction; and he knew that the corruption of his nature would remain with him as long as he was in the body; and as for afflictions, reproaches, and persecutions for the Gospel's sake, he was well apprized they would abide him wherever he went; but that so troublesome an adversary might depart, as it must be greatly desirable, so it was a very proper request: and it is made to a very proper person, to the "Lord" Jesus Christ; who in the days of his flesh had such power over the devils, as to dispossess them from the bodies of men by a word speaking, and held them in subjection, and in a panic fear of him; and when upon the cross, he spoiled principalities and powers, and in the latter day will bind Satan with a chain, and shut him up in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. This request was made thrice, not with any view to the three persons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Spirit; nor to the three usual times of prayer in a day, morning, noon, and night; nor is any exact number of times intended; but the sense is, that he frequently besought the Lord on this account.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. For—"concerning this thing."

thrice—To his first and second prayer no answer came. To his third the answer came, which satisfied his faith and led him to bow his will to God's will. So Paul's master, Jesus, thrice prayed on the Mount of Olives, in resignation to the Father's will. The thorn seems (from 2Co 12:9, and Greek, 2Co 12:7, "that he may buffet me") to have continued with Paul when he wrote, lest still he should be "overmuch lifted up."

the Lord—Christ. Escape from the cross is not to be sought even indirectly from Satan (Lu 4:7). "Satan is not to be asked to spare us" [Bengel].

2 Corinthians 12:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Thorn and God's Grace
7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me-- to keep me from exalting myself! 8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.…
Cross References
Matthew 26:44
So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Romans 8:26
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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