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Scripture: Weakness

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Bible Quotations on Weakness & Sorrow

“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.” —II Corinthians 12:10


Old Testament Scripture on Weakness

“He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.” —Job 12:21 

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.” —Psalms 6:2 

“But I am poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high.” —Psalms 69:29 

“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” —Ecclesiastes 7:3 

“Before the thunder goeth lightning; and before a shamefaced man shall go favour.” —Ecclesiasticus 32:16 

“For in the old time also, when the proud giants perished, the hope of the world governed by thy hand escaped in a weak vessel, and left to all ages a seed of generation.” —Wisdom of Solomon 14:6 

“All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water.” —Ezekiel 7:17 

“And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.” —Ezekiel 21:7 

“Let go from thee mortal thoughts, cast away the burdens of man, put off now the weak nature,” —II Esdras 14:14


New Testament Scripture on Weakness

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” —Matthew 5:4 

“Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.” —Matthew 26:38 

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” —Matthew 26:41 

“Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” —Mark 14:38 

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” —I Corinthians 1:25 

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” —I Corinthians 1:27 

“And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.” —I Corinthians 2:3 

“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.” —I Corinthians 4:10 

“It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:” —I Corinthians 15:43 

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;” —II Corinthians 3:5 

“As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” —II Corinthians 6:10 

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” —II Corinthians 7:10 

“Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?” —II Corinthians 11:29 

“If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.” —II Corinthians 11:30 

“Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.” —II Corinthians 12:5 

“For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.” —II Corinthians 12:6 

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” —II Corinthians 12:9 

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.” —II Corinthians 12:10 

“For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.” —II Corinthians 13:4 

“For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.” —II Corinthians 13:9 

“Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” —Hebrews 11:34


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