Thorn in the flesh

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"Thorn in the flesh" is an expression for something that is painful and long-lasting.

The source of this expression is Paul of Tarsus, who uses it in 2 Cor. 12:7-10:

2co 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 2co 12:8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 2co 12:9 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. 2co 12:10 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. 2co 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing. 2co 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds. (KJV)


Many interpretations have been given of Paul's meaning:

This article incorporates text from Easton's Bible Dictionary (1897), a publication now in the public domain.

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