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2 Corinthians 12:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For this I thrice besought the Lord that it might depart from me.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In this behalf, thrice, besought I, the Lord, that it might depart from me;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Concerning this thing thrice the Lord did I call upon, that it might depart from me,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For which thing, thrice I besought the Lord that it might depart from me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from mee.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Concerning this three times I entreated of my Lord that it might be removed from me.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Respecting this, I thrice besought my Lord, that it might depart from me.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 5228
{5228} Prime
A primary preposition; 'over', that is, (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than. In compounds it retains many of the listed applications.
this thing 5127
{5127} Prime
Genitive singular masculine or neuter of G3778; of (from or concerning) this (person or thing).
I besought 3870
{3870} Prime
From G3844 and G2564; to call near, that is, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation).
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
the x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
Lord 2962
{2962} Prime
From κῦρος [[kuros]] (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
thrice, 5151
{5151} Prime
Adverb from G5140; three times.
that 2443
{2443} Prime
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
it might depart 868
{0868} Prime
From G0575 and G2476; to remove, that is, (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.
<5632> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 449
from 575
{0575} Prime
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
me. 1700
{1700} Prime
A prolonged form of G3449; of me.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 12:8

_ _ For — “concerning this thing.”

_ _ thrice — To his first and second prayer no answer came. To his third the answer came, which satisfied his faith and led him to bow his will to God’s will. So Paul’s master, Jesus, thrice prayed on the Mount of Olives, in resignation to the Father’s will. The thorn seems (from 2 Corinthians 12:9, and Greek, 2 Corinthians 12:7, “that he may buffet me”) to have continued with Paul when he wrote, lest still he should be “overmuch lifted up.”

_ _ the Lord — Christ. Escape from the cross is not to be sought even indirectly from Satan (Luke 4:7). “Satan is not to be asked to spare us” [Bengel].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 12:8

Concerning this — He had now forgot his being lifted up. I besought the Lord thrice — As our Lord besought his Father.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 12:8

For this thing I besought the Lord (h) thrice, that it might depart from me.

(h) Often.

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I besought:

Deuteronomy 3:23-27 And I besought the LORD at that time, saying, ... Get thee up into the top of Pisgah, and lift up thine eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and behold [it] with thine eyes: for thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
1 Samuel 15:11 It repenteth me that I have set up Saul [to be] king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.
2 Samuel 12:16-18 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. ... And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
Psalms 77:2-11 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted. ... I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
Matthew 20:21-22 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. ... But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Matthew 26:39-44 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt]. ... And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
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