2 Corinthians 13:9
New International Version
We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.

New Living Translation
We are glad to seem weak if it helps show that you are actually strong. We pray that you will become mature.

English Standard Version
For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.

Berean Study Bible
In fact, we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong, and our prayer is for your perfection.

Berean Literal Bible
For we rejoice when we might be weak, but you might be strong. But this also we pray: for your perfection.

New American Standard Bible
For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

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

Christian Standard Bible
We rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature.

Contemporary English Version
Even though we are weak, we are glad that you are strong, and we pray you will do even better.

Good News Translation
We are glad when we are weak but you are strong. And so we also pray that you will become perfect.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. We also pray that you become fully mature.

International Standard Version
We are glad when we are weak and you are strong. That is what we are praying for—your maturity.

NET Bible
For we rejoice whenever we are weak, but you are strong. And we pray for this: that you may become fully qualified.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we rejoice whenever we are weak and you are strong; for we pray for this also, that you may be perfected.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We're glad when we are weak and you are strong. We are also praying for your improvement.

New American Standard 1977
For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.

Jubilee Bible 2000
By which we are glad that we are weak and ye are strong, and even so we pray for your perfection.

King James 2000 Bible
For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

American King James Version
For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

American Standard Version
For we rejoice, when we are weak, and ye are strong: this we also pray for, even your perfecting.

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

Darby Bible Translation
For we rejoice when we may be weak and ye may be powerful. But this also we pray for, your perfecting.

English Revised Version
For we rejoice, when we are weak, and ye are strong: this we also pray for, even your perfecting.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

Weymouth New Testament
and it is a joy to us when we are powerless, but you are strong. This we also pray for--the perfecting of your characters.

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

Young's Literal Translation
for we rejoice when we may be infirm, and ye may be powerful; and this also we pray for -- your perfection!
Study Bible
Examine Yourselves
8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9In fact, we rejoice when we are weak but you are strong, and our prayer is for your perfection. 10This is why I write these things while absent, so that when I am present I will not need to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down.…
Cross References
Romans 15:2
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree together, so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be united in mind and conviction.

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

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are honored, but we are dishonored.

2 Corinthians 12:10
That 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.

2 Corinthians 13:4
For He was indeed crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God's power. And though we are weak in Him, yet by God's power we will live with Him to serve you.

2 Corinthians 13:8
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice! Aim for perfect harmony, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Ephesians 4:12
to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

1 Thessalonians 3:10
Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking from your faith.

Treasury of Scripture

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

when.

2 Corinthians 13:8
For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

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

2 Corinthians 12:5-10
Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities…

even.

2 Corinthians 13:7,11
Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates…

2 Corinthians 7:1
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Ephesians 4:13
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:







Lexicon
In fact,
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

we rejoice
χαίρομεν (chairomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 5463: A primary verb; to be 'cheer'ful, i.e. Calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation, be well.

when
ὅταν (hotan)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3752: When, whenever. From hote and an; whenever; also causatively inasmuch as.

we
ἡμεῖς (hēmeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

are weak
ἀσθενῶμεν (asthenōmen)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 770: To be weak (physically: then morally), To be sick. From asthenes; to be feeble.

but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

are
ἦτε (ēte)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

strong,
δυνατοὶ (dynatoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1415: (a) of persons: powerful, able, (b) of things: possible. From dunamai; powerful or capable; neuter possible.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

our prayer is for
εὐχόμεθα (euchometha)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2172: To pray, wish. Middle voice of a primary verb; to wish; by implication, to pray to God.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

perfection.
κατάρτισιν (katartisin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2676: A perfecting, making fit. From katartizo; thorough equipment.
(9) For we are glad, when we are weak . . .--The last words cover many shades of meaning. We may think of the weakness of his bodily presence, of his physical infirmities, of the apparent failure of his supernatural powers because the condition of the Corinthian Church, as walking in faith and truth, presented no opening for their exercise. He can find cause for joy in all these, if only the disciples whom he loves are strong with the strength of God.

This also we wish, even your perfection.--Better, your restoration. This is the only passage in the New Testament in which the word occurs; but the corresponding verb is found in the "mending their nets" of Matthew 4:21, Mark 1:19, and in the "restore" of Galatians 6:1. Its proper meaning is to bring back to completeness. This, then, was what the Apostle had been aiming at all along. In his seeming harshness and self-assertion, as in his overflowing tenderness, he was looking forward to their restoration to their first love and their first purity. He would rather threaten than act, even at the cost of the threat appearing an empty vaunt, if only he might be spared the necessity for acting.

Verse 9. - When we are weak, and ye are strong (comp. 1 Corinthians 4:8-10). Strong; "powerful (2 Corinthians 10:4). We wish; rather, we pray. Your perfection; rather, your perfect union; "the readjustment of your disordered elements." A similar word occurs in Ephesians 4:10, and the verb in ver. 11; 1 Corinthians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 3:10, etc. It is also used in the Gospels for "mending nets" (Mark 1:19, etc.). 13:7-10 The most desirable thing we can ask of God, for ourselves and our 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 may not suffer evil. The apostle not only desired that they might be kept 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, that they may cease to do evil, and learn to do well; and we should be glad 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.
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