2 Corinthians 12:9
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New International Version
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

New Living Translation
Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

English Standard Version
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Berean Study Bible
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.

Berean Literal Bible
And He said to me, "My grace suffices you, for the power is perfected in weakness." Therefore will I boast rather most gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

New American Standard Bible
And 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.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may reside in me.

International Standard Version
but he has told me, "My grace is all you need, because my power is perfected in weakness." Therefore, I will most happily boast about my weaknesses, so that the Messiah's power may rest on me.

NET Bible
But he said to me, "My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may reside in me.

New Heart English Bible
He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” I shall therefore joyfully boast in my sufferings, that the power of The Messiah may rest upon me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But he told me: "My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak." So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ's power will live in me.

New American Standard 1977
And 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, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, I will rather glory in my weaknesses that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

American King James Version
And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: 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 on me.

American Standard Version
And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for power is made perfect in infirmity. Gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to me, My grace suffices thee; for [my] power is perfected in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of the Christ may dwell upon me.

English Revised Version
And he hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to 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.

Weymouth New Testament
but His reply has been, "My grace suffices for you, for power matures in weakness." Most gladly therefore will I boast of my infirmities rather than complain of them--in order that Christ's power may overshadow me.

World English Bible
He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me.

Young's Literal Translation
and He said to me, 'Sufficient for thee is My grace, for My power in infirmity is perfected;' most gladly, therefore, will I rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of the Christ may rest on 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
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. 10That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.…
Cross References
Daniel 10:19
He said, "O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!" Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, "May my lord speak, for you have strengthened me."

1 Corinthians 2:3
I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.

1 Corinthians 2:5
so that your faith would not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

2 Corinthians 12:1
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to gain, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

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

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of the riches of His glory, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: 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 on me.

My grace.

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, …

2 Corinthians 3:5,6 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of …

Exodus 3:11,12 And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and …

Exodus 4:10-15 And Moses said to the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither …

Deuteronomy 33:25-27 Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your …

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not …

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through …

Jeremiah 1:6-9 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child…

Matthew 10:19,20 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak…

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

Colossians 1:28,29 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

1 Timothy 1:14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love …

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may …

for.

Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength …

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

Isaiah 41:13-16 For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, …

Daniel 10:16-19 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my …

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

Hebrews 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out …

Most.

2 Corinthians 12:10,15 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, …

Matthew 5:11,12 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and …

glory.

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

2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities.

the power.

2 Kings 2:15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw …

Isaiah 4:5,6 And the LORD will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and …

Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom …

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God in the middle of you is mighty; he will save, he …

Matthew 28:18,20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

1 Peter 4:13,14 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; …

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