New International Version
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
King James Bible
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
Darby Bible Translation
For this I thrice besought the Lord that it might depart from me.
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I besought the Lord - That is, Christ, as the next verse absolutely proves, and the Socinians themselves confess. And if Christ be an object of prayer in such a case as this, or indeed in any case, it is a sure proof of his divinity; for only an omniscient Being can be made an object of prayer.
Thrice - Several suppose this to be a certain number for an uncertain; as if he had said, I often besought Christ to deliver me from this tormentor: or, which is perhaps more likely, the apostle may refer to three solemn, fixed, and fervent applications made to Christ at different times; at the last of which he received the answer which he immediately subjoins. It is worthy of remark, that our Lord in his agony acted in the same way: at three different times he applied to God that the cup might depart from him; and in each application he spoke the same words, Matthew 26:39-44. There is, therefore, a manifest allusion to our Lord's conduct in these words of the apostle.
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So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
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.
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