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Suffering and Glory

12 Beloved friends, if life gets extremely difficult, with many tests,[a] don’t be bewildered as though something strange were overwhelming you.[b] 13 Instead, continue to rejoice, for you, in a measure, have shared in the sufferings of the Anointed One so that you can share in the revelation of his glory and celebrate with even greater gladness![c] 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are greatly blessed,[d] because the Spirit of glory and power,[e] who is the Spirit of God, rests upon you.[f]

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Footnotes

  1. 4:12 Or “when the burning of a fiery trial is occurring among you.”
  2. 4:12 The Aramaic adds a clause here, “because these things are your communion in the inheritance.”
  3. 4:13 The Greek verb tenses can imply either present or future. There is a glory unveiled in us as we focus on Christ in our difficulties. This brings immediate joy and rejoicing when we pass through suffering. Yet the greatest joy will be as we are free from mortal pain and see the revelation of his glory throughout eternity.
  4. 4:14 See Matt. 5:11.
  5. 4:14 Some Greek manuscripts have “and of power.” The Aramaic can be translated “the [Shekinah] glory of the Spirit.”
  6. 4:14 See Isa. 11:2. A few manuscripts, deemed unreliable, add “On their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.”

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