the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Definition of the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

  1. —used to say that a person wants to do something but cannot from lack of strength or energy ; often used humorously I try to get up early and exercise, though sometimes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Word by Word Definitions

spiritplay
  1. :  an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

    :  a supernatural being or essence: such as

    :  holy spirit

  1. :  to infuse with spirit

    :  animate

    :  to carry off usually secretly or mysteriously

willingplay
  1. :  inclined or favorably disposed in mind :  ready

    :  prompt to act or respond

    :  done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance

fleshplay
  1. :  the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate

    :  the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from internal organs, bone, and integument

    :  the condition of having ample fat on the body

  1. :  to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste

    :  gratify

    :  to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh

weakplay
  1. :  lacking strength: such as

    :  deficient in physical vigor :  feeble, debilitated

    :  not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strain


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