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2 Corinthians 13:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For we rejoice, when we are weak, and ye are strong: this we also pray for, even your perfecting.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, [even] your perfection.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, [even] your perfection.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For we rejoice when *we* may be weak and *ye* may be powerful. But this also we pray for, your perfecting.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For we rejoice—whensoever, we, are weak, and, ye, are, strong. This, also we pray for—your restoration:—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for we rejoice when we may be infirm, and ye may be powerful; and this also we pray for—your perfection!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For we rejoice that we are weak and you are strong. This also we pray for, your perfection.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For wee are glad when wee are weake, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, euen your perfection.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For we rejoice when we are weak, and you are strong: but this also we pray, that you may be perfect.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And we rejoice, when we are weak and ye are strong. And this also we pray for, that ye may be perfected.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
we y2249
[2249] Standard
Nomitive plural of G1473; we (only used when emphatic).
are glad, 5463
{5463} Prime
A primary verb; to be full of 'cheer', that is, calmly happy or well off; impersonal especially as a salutation (on meeting or parting), be well.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
when 3752
{3752} Prime
From G3753 and G0302; whenever (implying hypothesis or more or less uncertainty); also causative (conjugationally) inasmuch as.
we x2249
(2249) Complement
Nomitive plural of G1473; we (only used when emphatic).
are weak, 770
{0770} Prime
From G0772; to be feeble (in any sense).
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
and 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
ye 5210
{5210} Prime
Irregular plural of G4771; you (as subject of verb).
are 5600
{5600} Prime

Including the oblique forms, as well as ἦς [[es]], {ace}; [[e]], {ay}, etc.; the subjunctive of G1510; (may, might, can, could, would, must, etc.; also with G1487 and its compounds, as well as with other particles) be.
<5753> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 68
strong: 1415
{1415} Prime
From G1410; powerful or capable (literally or figuratively); neuter possible.
and 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
this 5124
{5124} Prime
Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing.
also 2532
{2532} Prime
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.
we wish, 2172
{2172} Prime
Middle voice of a primary verb; to wish; by implication to pray to God.
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
[even] your 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
perfection. 2676
{2676} Prime
From G2675; thorough equipment (subjectively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 13:9

_ _ are gladGreek, “rejoice.”

_ _ when we are weak — having no occasion for displaying our power; and so seeming “weak,” as being compassed with “infirmities” (2 Corinthians 10:10; 2 Corinthians 11:29, 2 Corinthians 11:30).

_ _ ye ... strong — “mighty” in faith and the fruits of the Spirit.

_ _ and — not in the oldest manuscripts.

_ _ we wishGreek, “pray for.”

_ _ your perfection — literally, “perfect restoration”; literally, that of a dislocated limb. Compare 2 Corinthians 13:11, “Be perfect,” the same Greek word; also in 1 Corinthians 1:10, “perfectly joined together”; Ephesians 4:12, “the perfecting of the saints.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Corinthians 13:7-10.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 13:9

For we rejoice when we are weak — When we appear so, having no occasion to show our apostolic power. And this we wish, even your perfection — In the faith that worketh by love.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 13:9

For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, [even] your (d) perfection.

(d) That all things may be in good order among you, and the members of the church restored into their place, which have been shaken and are out of place.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

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. ... Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
1 Corinthians 4:10 We [are] fools for Christ's sake, but ye [are] wise in Christ; we [are] weak, but ye [are] strong; ye [are] honourable, but we [are] despised.


2 Corinthians 13:7 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 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
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:
Philippians 3:12-15 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. ... Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Hebrews 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].
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