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2 Corinthians 12:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, by signs and wonders and mighty works.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The signs indeed of the apostle were wrought among you in all endurance, signs, and wonders, and works of power.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The signs, indeed, of an apostle, were wrought out among you, in all endurance,—[both] in signs, and wonders, and mighty works:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The signs, indeed, of the apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Yet the signs of my apostleship have been wrought on you, in all patience, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Truely the signes of an Apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signes and wonders, and mightie deeds.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— The signs of the apostles I have wrought among you in all patience, and with mighty acts and miracles and with powers.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— I wrought among you the signs of the legates, with all patience; and in prodigies, and in wonders, and in mighty deeds.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Truly 3303
{3303} Prime
μέν
men
{men}
A primary particle; properly indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
signs 4592
{4592} Prime
σημεῖον
semeion
{say-mi'-on}
Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally.
of an apostle 652
{0652} Prime
ἀπόστολος
apostolos
{ap-os'-tol-os}
From G0649; a delegate; specifically an ambassador of the Gospel; officially a commissioner of Christ ('apostle'), (with miraculous powers).
were wrought 2716
{2716} Prime
κατεργάζομαι
katergazomai
{kat-er-gad'-zom-ahee}
From G2596 and G2038; to work fully, that is, accomplish; by implication to finish, fashion.
z5681
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
among 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
you 5213
{5213} Prime
ὑμῖν
humin
{hoo-min'}
Irregular dative case of G5210; to (with or by) you.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
all 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
patience, 5281
{5281} Prime
ὑπομονή
hupomone
{hoop-om-on-ay'}
From G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
signs, 4592
{4592} Prime
σημεῖον
semeion
{say-mi'-on}
Neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of G4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
wonders, 5059
{5059} Prime
τέρας
teras
{ter'-as}
Of uncertain affinity; a prodigy or omen.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
mighty deeds. 1411
{1411} Prime
δύναμις
dunamis
{doo'-nam-is}
From G1410; force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 12:12

_ _ Truly, etc. — There is understood some such clause as this, “And yet I have not been commended by you.”

_ _ in all patience, in signs, etc. — The oldest manuscripts omit “in.” “Patience” is not one of the “signs,” but the element IN which they were wrought: endurance of opposition which did not cause me to leave off working [Alford]. Translate, “IN ... patience, BY signs,” etc. His mode of expression is modest, putting himself, the worker, in the background, “were wrought,” not “I wrought.” As the signs have not been transmitted to us, neither has the apostleship. The apostles have no literal successors (compare Acts 1:21, Acts 1:22).

_ _ mighty deeds — palpable works of divine omnipotence. The silence of the apostles in fourteen Epistles, as to miracles, arises from the design of those Epistles being hortatory, not controversial. The passing allusions to miracles in seven Epistles prove that the writers were not enthusiasts to whom miracles seem the most important thing. Doctrines were with them the important matter, save when convincing adversaries. In the seven Epistles the mention of miracles is not obtrusive, but marked by a calm air of assurance, as of facts acknowledged on all hands, and therefore unnecessary to dwell on. This is a much stronger proof of their reality than if they were formally and obtrusively asserted. Signs and wonders is the regular formula of the Old Testament, which New Testament readers would necessarily understand of supernatural works. Again, in the Gospels the miracles are so inseparably and congruously tied up with the history, that you cannot deny the former without denying the latter also. And then you have a greater difficulty than ever, namely, to account for the rise of Christianity; so that the infidel has something infinitely more difficult to believe than that which he rejects, and which the Christian more rationally accepts.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:11-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 12:12

Truly the (l) signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

(l) The arguments by which it may well appear that I am indeed an apostle of Jesus Christ.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 6:4-10 But in all [things] approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, ... As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and [yet] possessing all things.
2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him].
2 Corinthians 11:6 But though [I be] rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
Romans 15:18-19 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, ... Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:5-7 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and [in] all knowledge; ... So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Corinthians 9:2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
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