2 Corinthians 12:7

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And least I should bee exalted aboue measure through the abundance of the reuelations, there was giuen to me a thorne in the flesh, the messenger of Sathan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted aboue measure.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Because 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!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And by reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, that I should not be exalted overmuch.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And because the revelations were so very great, in order that I might not be overmuch lifted up, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, one sent from Satan to give me pain.
- Basic English Bible

And that I might not be exalted by the exceeding greatness of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn for the flesh, a messenger of Satan that he might buffet me, that I might not be exalted.
- Darby Bible

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
- Webster's Bible

And judging by the stupendous grandeur of the revelations--therefore lest I should be over-elated there has been sent to me, like the agony of impalement, Satan's angel dealing blow after blow, lest I should be over-elated.
- Weymouth Bible

By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively.
- World English Bible

And lest the greetnesse of reuelaciouns enhaunse me in pride, the pricke of my fleisch, an aungel of Sathanas, is youun to me, that he buffate me.
- Wycliffe Bible

and that by the exceeding greatness of the revelations I might not be exalted overmuch, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of the Adversary, that he might buffet me, that I might not be exalted overmuch.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:7


12:7 There was given me - By the wise and gracious providence of God. A thorn in the flesh - A visitation more painful than any thorn sticking in the flesh. A messenger or angel of Satan to buffet me - Perhaps both visibly and invisibly; and the word in the original expresses the present, as well as the past, time. All kinds of affliction had befallen the apostle. Yet none of those did he deprecate. But here he speaks of one, as above all the rest, one that macerated him with weakness, and by the pain and ignominy of it prevented his being lifted up mere, or, at least, not less, than the most vehement head ache could have done; which many of the ancients say he laboured under. St. Paul seems to have had a fresh fear of these buffetings every moment, when he so frequently represses himself in his boasting, though it was extorted from him by the utmost necessity.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:7


2Co 12:7 Lest I should be exalted, etc. This verse shows that 2Co 12:2 refers to himself. There was given me a thorn in the flesh. Generally supposed to be some painful physical infirmity. See Ga 4:13,14. The messenger of Satan. All physical evils are due to sin and hence are ascribed to Satan. This thorn was (1) in the flesh; (2) it buffeted or assailed him; (3) it was permitted to prevent undue exaltation, hence must have been humiliating.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 12

  • 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.
  • Gail Green
    we must admit to the sins that we have done in Christ so we can become a better person which is to live holy.
  • Blessed
    My grace is sufficient for thee Grow in grace and in our lord JESUS CHRIST Paul ask three times GOD told him his grace is sufficient. What is grace-Grace is the opportunity to get closer to GOD. What do we do with grace-grow-grow in grace grow in grace and in the knowledge of our lord and savior JESUS CHRIST BE NOT CONFORM BUT TRANSFORM

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