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Colossians 1:24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Paul’s Interest in the Colossians

24 I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.

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Romans 5:3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

And not only that, but we[a] also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

Footnotes:

  1. Romans 5:3 Or let us
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2 Timothy 1:8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,

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2 Corinthians 7:4 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

I often boast about you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with consolation; I am overjoyed in all our affliction.

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Colossians 1:18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.

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Philippians 3:10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

10 I want to know Christ[a] and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death,

Footnotes:

  1. Philippians 3:10 Gk him
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Ephesians 3:13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 I pray therefore that you[a] may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 3:13 Or I
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2 Corinthians 1:5-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[a] of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 1:8 Gk brothers
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James 1:2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Faith and Wisdom

My brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy,

Footnotes:

  1. James 1:2 Gk brothers
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Matthew 5:11-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[a] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:11 Other ancient authorities lack falsely
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2 Timothy 2:9-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

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Ephesians 3:1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Paul’s Ministry to the Gentiles

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for[a] Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 3:1 Or of
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Acts 5:41 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

41 As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.

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Philippians 2:17-18 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you— 18 and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice with me.

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Ephesians 1:23 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

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2 Corinthians 11:23-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

23 Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and often near death. 24 Five times I have received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I received a stoning. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from bandits, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers and sisters;[a] 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, hungry and thirsty, often without food, cold and naked.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Corinthians 11:26 Gk brothers
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2 Corinthians 4:8-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11 For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

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