19 The righteous person may have many troubles,(A)
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;(B)

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17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears(A) them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.

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Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you(A) to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice(B) inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,(C) so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.(D)

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11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch,(A) Iconium(B) and Lystra,(C) the persecutions I endured.(D) Yet the Lord rescued(E) me from all of them.(F) 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,(G)

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16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
    but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.(A)

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I sought the Lord,(A) and he answered me;
    he delivered(B) me from all my fears.

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17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.(A)

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This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.(A)

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33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.(A) In this world you will have trouble.(B) But take heart! I have overcome(C) the world.”

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19 From six calamities he will rescue(A) you;
    in seven no harm will touch you.(B)

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23 Are they servants of Christ?(A) (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,(B) been in prison more frequently,(C) been flogged more severely,(D) and been exposed to death again and again.(E) 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes(F) minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods,(G) once I was pelted with stones,(H) three times I was shipwrecked,(I) I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews,(J) in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city,(K) in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.(L) 27 I have labored and toiled(M) and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food;(N) I have been cold and naked.

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20 Though you have made me see troubles,(A)
    many and bitter,
    you will restore(B) my life again;
from the depths of the earth(C)
    you will again bring me up.

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33 who through faith conquered kingdoms,(A) administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,(B) 34 quenched the fury of the flames,(C) and escaped the edge of the sword;(D) whose weakness was turned to strength;(E) and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.(F) 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.(G) There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging,(H) and even chains and imprisonment.(I) 37 They were put to death by stoning;[a](J) they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword.(K) They went about in sheepskins and goatskins,(L) destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves(M) and in holes in the ground.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 11:37 Some early manuscripts stoning; they were put to the test;

so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.(A) For you know quite well that we are destined for them.(B) In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.(C)

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But we have this treasure in jars of clay(A) to show that this all-surpassing power is from God(B) and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side,(C) but not crushed; perplexed,(D) but not in despair; persecuted,(E) but not abandoned;(F) struck down, but not destroyed.(G) 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,(H) so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.(I) 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake,(J) so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.(K)

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22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.(A) “We must go through many hardships(B) to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

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12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.

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10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets(A) who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed(B) those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance(C) and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.(D) The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.(E)

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14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes(A) and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.(B) 15 Therefore,

“they are before the throne of God(C)
    and serve him(D) day and night in his temple;(E)
and he who sits on the throne(F)
    will shelter them with his presence.(G)
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
    never again will they thirst.(H)
The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]
    nor any scorching heat.(I)
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
    will be their shepherd;(J)
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b](K)
    ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c](L)

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 7:16 Isaiah 49:10
  2. Revelation 7:17 Isaiah 49:10
  3. Revelation 7:17 Isaiah 25:8

“And now those young men mock me(A) in song;(B)
    I have become a byword(C) among them.
10 They detest me(D) and keep their distance;
    they do not hesitate to spit in my face.(E)
11 Now that God has unstrung my bow(F) and afflicted me,(G)
    they throw off restraint(H) in my presence.
12 On my right(I) the tribe[a] attacks;
    they lay snares(J) for my feet,(K)
    they build their siege ramps against me.(L)
13 They break up my road;(M)
    they succeed in destroying me.(N)
    ‘No one can help him,’ they say.
14 They advance as through a gaping breach;(O)
    amid the ruins they come rolling in.
15 Terrors(P) overwhelm me;(Q)
    my dignity is driven away as by the wind,
    my safety vanishes like a cloud.(R)

16 “And now my life ebbs away;(S)
    days of suffering grip me.(T)
17 Night pierces my bones;
    my gnawing pains never rest.(U)
18 In his great power(V) God becomes like clothing to me[b];
    he binds me like the neck of my garment.
19 He throws me into the mud,(W)
    and I am reduced to dust and ashes.(X)

20 “I cry out to you,(Y) God, but you do not answer;(Z)
    I stand up, but you merely look at me.
21 You turn on me ruthlessly;(AA)
    with the might of your hand(AB) you attack me.(AC)
22 You snatch me up and drive me before the wind;(AD)
    you toss me about in the storm.(AE)
23 I know you will bring me down to death,(AF)
    to the place appointed for all the living.(AG)

24 “Surely no one lays a hand on a broken man(AH)
    when he cries for help in his distress.(AI)
25 Have I not wept for those in trouble?(AJ)
    Has not my soul grieved for the poor?(AK)
26 Yet when I hoped for good, evil came;
    when I looked for light, then came darkness.(AL)
27 The churning inside me never stops;(AM)
    days of suffering confront me.(AN)
28 I go about blackened,(AO) but not by the sun;
    I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.(AP)
29 I have become a brother of jackals,(AQ)
    a companion of owls.(AR)
30 My skin grows black(AS) and peels;(AT)
    my body burns with fever.(AU)
31 My lyre is tuned to mourning,(AV)
    and my pipe(AW) to the sound of wailing.

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Footnotes

  1. Job 30:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. Job 30:18 Hebrew; Septuagint power he grasps my clothing

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