2 Corinthians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

2 Corinthians 12:9

“And he said vnto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weaknes. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest vpon me.”

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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.
- King James Version

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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to me, My grace is enough for you, for my power is made complete in what is feeble. Most gladly, then, will I take pride in my feeble body, so that the power of Christ may be on me.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- Weymouth 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.
- World English Bible

And he seide to me, My grace suffisith to thee; for vertu is parfitli maad in infirmyte. Therfor gladli Y schal glorie in myn infirmytees, that the vertu of Crist dwelle in me.
- Wycliffe Bible

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:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:9


12:9 But he said to me - ln answer to my third request. My grace is sufficient for thee - How tender a repulse! We see there may be grace where there is the quickest sense of pain. My strength is more illustriously displayed by the weakness of the instrument. Therefore I will glory in my weaknesses rather than my revelations, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me - The Greek word properly means, may cover me all over like a tent. We ought most willingly to accept whatever tends to this end, however contrary to flesh and blood.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:9


2Co 12:9 My grace is sufficient for thee. The Lord answered his prayer, not by removing the thorn, but by giving grace to bear it, and by the assurance that Paul's sense of weakness, caused by it, fitted him to receive the divine strength. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities. Because his infirmities fit him to enjoy the power that Christ bestows. What was true of Paul is true of every saint. It is when we feel our weakness that God strengthens us.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 12

  • Joe
    Stephanie - I believe the man he's referencing is himself. Read the verses that follow 5 thru 10. These all clearly seem to point to Paul himself.
  • Stephanie
    I'm being led to believe that the man he's referencing, not saying whether he was in body or spirit, being caught up to the 3rd heaven, was actually Enoch
  • Friend-b-i for verse 9
    God does not remove our weakness but enables us to overcome challenges through Grace. Our weakness empowers His strength. Our weakness magnifies His strength so that we do not boast about ourselves but on Gods Grace alone. Weakness is the instrument and strength is the music that resonates outward.
  • Lilian
    For God is love and we are saved by his grace. Thanks to Jesus for his precious blood that shed for us, his resurrection, his ascencion and the Holy Spirit. God loves us and he will never leave us nor forsake us. We must obey his words and listen to his words for his words are powerful like a sword. Our faith comes only be hearing God 's words. to meditate his words day and night are more powerful than the prayer. Jesus loves you and he is always guiding us to the Living water. I love you Jesus Amen
  • Olaniyi faith for verse 9
    This bible verse won 't work for us if we are not faithful to God.
  • Shannan
    Talks about Paul.We have to have grace and mercy to be able to carry on and do Gods will.All we need is Faith the size of a mustard seed.He said ask,and it shall be given.

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