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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 2 Corinthians 13:9


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    King James Bible - 2 Corinthians 13:9

    For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

    World English Bible

    For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. And this we also pray for, even your perfecting.

    Douay-Rheims - 2 Corinthians 13:9

    For we rejoice that we are weak, and you are strong. This also we pray for, your perfection.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

    Greek Textus Receptus


    χαιρομεν
    5463 5719 V-PAI-1P γαρ 1063 CONJ οταν 3752 CONJ ημεις 2249 P-1NP ασθενωμεν 770 5725 V-PAS-1P υμεις 5210 P-2NP δε 1161 CONJ δυνατοι 1415 A-NPM ητε 5600 5753 V-PXS-2P τουτο 5124 D-ASN δε 1161 CONJ και 2532 CONJ ευχομεθα 2172 5736 V-PNI-1P την 3588 T-ASF υμων 5216 P-2GP καταρτισιν 2676 N-ASF

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    VERSE (9) -
    :8; 11:30; 12:5-10 1Co 4:10

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 13:9

    Por lo cual nos gozamos que seamos nosotros flacos, y que vosotros seis poderosos; y aun oramos por vuestra perfeccin.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 13:9

    Verse 9. For we are
    glad, when we are weak] It will give me indescribable pleasure that I should still appear to be poor, despicable, and destitute of this extraordinary power with which God has clothed me, so that you be strong in all the gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit.

    And this also we wish, even your perfection.] We cannot be satisfied that persons, with such eminent endowments, and who have once received the truth as it is in Jesus, should be deficient in any of the graces that constitute the mind of Christ; such as brotherly love, charity, harmony, unity, and order. I have given the above paraphrase to this verse, because of the last term katartisin, which we render perfection. katartisiv, from kata, intensive, and artizw, to fit or adapt, signifies the reducing of a dislocated limb to its proper place; and hence, as Beza says on this passage: "The apostle's meaning is, that whereas the members of the Church were all, as it were, dislocated and out of joint, they should be joined together in love; and they should endeavour to make perfect what was amiss among them, either in faith or morals." It is a metaphor, also, taken from a building; the several stones and timbers being all put in their proper places and situations, so that the whole building might be complete, and be a proper habitation for the owner. The same figure, though not in the same terms, the apostle uses, Eph. ii. 20-22.

    The perfection or rejointing which the apostle wishes is that which refers to the state of the Church in its fellowship, unity, order, &c. And perfection in the soul is the same, in reference to it, as perfection in the Church is to its order and unity. The perfection or rejointing of the soul implies its purification, and placing every faculty, passion, and appetite in its proper place; so that the original order, harmony, unity, and purity of the soul may be restored; and the whole builded up to be a habitation of God through the Spirit, Eph. ii. 22.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 9. For we are glad when we are weak , etc..] Appear to be so, look like persons disarmed of all power and authority; the apostles rejoiced when they had no occasion of exerting themselves, and of exercising that high office, and extraordinary commission they had received of Christ Jesus: and ye are strong ; stand fast in the doctrine of faith, and are lively and active in the exercise of the grace of faith; are strong in Christ, and in his grace, and in the power of his might, to withstand every temptation of Satan, every corruption of their own hearts, and to perform every duty aright. And this also we wish, even your perfection ; or restoration, or jointing in again; a metaphor taken from the setting of bones that are dislocated and out of joint; for the church at Corinth was like a disjointed body, and the apostle's wish was, that their animosities might cease, their divisions be healed, their disorders rectified, and each member be in its proper place, behaving as became the Gospel of Christ; (see 1 Corinthians 1:10).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 7-10 - The most desirable thing we can ask of
    God, for ourselves and ou friends, is to be kept from sin, that we and they may not do evil. We have far more need to pray that we may not do evil, than that we ma not suffer evil. The apostle not only desired that they might be kep from sin, but also that they might grow in grace, and increase in holiness. We are earnestly to pray to God for those we caution, tha they may cease to do evil, and learn to do well; and we should be gla for others to be strong in the grace of Christ, though it may be the means of showing our own weakness. let us also pray that we may be enabled to make a proper use of all our talents.


    Greek Textus Receptus


    χαιρομεν
    5463 5719 V-PAI-1P γαρ 1063 CONJ οταν 3752 CONJ ημεις 2249 P-1NP ασθενωμεν 770 5725 V-PAS-1P υμεις 5210 P-2NP δε 1161 CONJ δυνατοι 1415 A-NPM ητε 5600 5753 V-PXS-2P τουτο 5124 D-ASN δε 1161 CONJ και 2532 CONJ ευχομεθα 2172 5736 V-PNI-1P την 3588 T-ASF υμων 5216 P-2GP καταρτισιν 2676 N-ASF

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    9. We are
    weak. Practically the same as unapproved. When your good conduct deprives us of the power of administering discipline, we are weak. Perfection (katartisin). Only here in the New Testament See on be perfect, ver. 11. Rev., perfecting.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    13:9 {For we
    rejoice} (cairomen gar). Paul had far rather be weak in the sense of failing to exercise his apostolic power because they did the noble thing. He is no Jonah who mourned when Ninevah repented. {Your perfecting} (humwn katartisin). Late word from katartizw, to fit, to equip (see verb in verse #11). In Plutarch, only here in N.T.


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