thorn in the flesh


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thorn in the flesh

A constant or persistent cause of annoyance, frustration, or trouble. My little brother is such a thorn in the flesh—he always wants to do stuff with me, especially when I'm trying to hang out with my friends.
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thorn in the flesh/one's side, a

A source of constant irritation. This expression appears in several books of the Bible; in the Book of Judges (2:3) it refers to enemies who “shall be as thorns in your sides,” and in the New Testament Paul refers to his infirmities as “given to me a thorn in the flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7). The term remains current.
See also: flesh, thorn
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Assuming that the "thorn in the flesh" was some form of disability, as is discussed below, the article seeks to draw out theological insights from Paul that can be used to define the church's mission to PLWDs over and above healing.
Do you have a thorn in the flesh? Ask God to give you the grace to deal with it.
'In this matter, I would like to remind all, don't be a thorn in the flesh. The consequences will be damaging.
The senator said that graft has been a thorn in the flesh for many Kenyans who want action done.
New signings Alvin Nyangweso (from USIU), James Mwangi (from KPA), Victor Bosire (from KPA) and David Gitonga (from KCA University) were a thorn in the flesh of Equity Bank.The banker's marque signing Feisal Aden, who had a brief stint in the United States of America, could not be allowed to play because he had not been cleared by his former club.
stats 2 SHOTS ON TARGET 3 5 SHOTS OFF TARGET 8 5 CORNERS 6 16 FOULS 11 0 YELLOW CARDS 0 possession 46% 54% MAN OF THE MATCH STEVIE MAY Aberdeen frontman was constant menace and thorn in the flesh of the Livi defence.
In fact there's almost no one who's without Some thorn in the flesh, barb or cactus spine, There's usually something lurking like a trout, Somewhere upstream in the waters of Tyne.
Home No.8 Dan Godfrey was a major thorn in the flesh of the West Wales side as he took full advantage of his pack's superiority at scrums and lineouts by smashing his way over for a hat-trick of tries - two in the first half and another early in the second period.
"Resistance will always remain a thorn in the flesh of Zionism and its ideology which is rooted in the perverse notion of supremacy and power," the statement added.
Paul called a "thorn in the flesh" (2 Cor 12: 7-9).
The problem with Askarov is like a thorn in the flesh for him, President Atambaev confessed.
He was burdened by something or someone he referred to as a "thorn in the flesh." We cannot know what this thorn was, at least not on this side of heaven, but we do know it was troubling enough for Paul to pray for relief from it.
"The Congress encouraged him all the time when he was filing cases against our leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and when Dr Shankar Rao used the same methodology against his own party persons and cabinet colleagues, he became a thorn in the flesh and was thus dropped, she said.
PHRASES which are derived from or popularised by the King James Bible include: 'let there be light' - Gen 1:3 'turned the world upside down' - Acts 17:6 'escaped with the skin of my teeth' - Job 19:20 'the root of the matter' - Job 19:28 'be horribly afraid' - Jeremiah 2:12 'stand in awe' - Psalms 4:4 'how are the mighty fallen' - II Samuel 1:19 'killed the fatted calf' - Luke 15:27 'blessed are the peacemakers' - Matthew 5:9 'fell flat on his face' - Numbers 2:31 'a lamb to the slaughter' - Isaiah 53:7 'put words in his mouth' - Exodus 4:15 'a thorn in the flesh' - II Corinthians 12:7 'suffer little children' - Luke 18:16 'there was no room for them in the inn' - Matthew 2:7
Terrorism is a global threat and a thorn in the flesh of all nations.