In the subtitle to our current Bible study, we are discussing “your weakness, God’s strength.” What does the Bible say about weakness? We asked our community members to share how they feel about weakness. And then we researched Bible verses about weakness to help us understand weakness from a biblical lens. We often think of weakness in terms of physical strength. Yet, weakness is also a mindset. 

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Bible Verses About Weakness

Moses saw that the people were out of control, for Aaron had let them get out of control, resulting in weakness before their enemies. (Exodus 32:25 HCSB)

He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31NIV)

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. (Isaiah 40:29 NLT)

My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. (Psalm 73:26 NLT)

Strengthen me with raisin cakes, refresh me with apples, for I am weak with love. (Song of Solomon 2:5 NLT)

When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: He Himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases. (Matthew 8:16-17 HCSB)

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41 NIV)

I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. (Romans 6:19-20 HCSB)

More Bible Verses About Weakness

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26 NIV)

In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27 HCSB)

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. (1 Corinthians 8:9 NIV)

If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses. (2 Corinthians 11:30 HCSB)

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSB)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. (Hebrews 4:15-16 HCSB)

And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses. (Hebrews 5:2 NLT)

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. (Hebrews 12:11-12 NIV)

Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word; Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You]. (Psalm 119:133 AMP)

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. The [human] body that is sown is perishable and mortal, it is raised imperishable and immortal. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in strength; it is sown a natural body [mortal, suited to earth], it is raised a spiritual body [immortal, suited to heaven]. As surely as there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44 AMP)

For we all stumble and sin in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says [never saying the wrong thing], he is a perfect man [fully developed in character, without serious flaws], able to bridle his whole body and rein in his entire nature [taming his human faults and weaknesses]. (James 3:2 AMP)

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