12 Be joyful in hope,(A) patient in affliction,(B) faithful in prayer.(C)

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36 You need to persevere(A) so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.(B)

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13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace(A) as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.(B)

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Trust in him at all times, you people;(A)
    pour out your hearts to him,(B)
    for God is our refuge.

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through whom we have gained access(A) by faith into this grace in which we now stand.(B) And we[a] boast in the hope(C) of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[b] also glory in our sufferings,(D) because we know that suffering produces perseverance;(E) perseverance, character; and character, hope.

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  1. Romans 5:2 Or let us
  2. Romans 5:3 Or let us

Therefore my heart is glad(A) and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,(B)
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,(C)
    nor will you let your faithful[a] one(D) see decay.(E)
11 You make known to me the path of life;(F)
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,(G)
    with eternal pleasures(H) at your right hand.(I)

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  1. Psalm 16:10 Or holy

13 But rejoice(A) inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,(B) so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.(C)

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Patience in Suffering

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming.(A) See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting(B) for the autumn and spring rains.(C)

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15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.(A)

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12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate(A) those who through faith and patience(B) inherit what has been promised.(C)

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19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.(A) 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.(B)

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because you know that the testing of your faith(A) produces perseverance.(B) Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature(C) and complete, not lacking anything.

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16 Rejoice always,(A) 17 pray continually,(B)

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11 being strengthened with all power(A) according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,(B)

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Do not be anxious about anything,(A) but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.(B) And the peace of God,(C) which transcends all understanding,(D) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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14 They all joined together constantly in prayer,(A) along with the women(B) and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.(C)

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10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed[a] with the sword,
    with the sword they will be killed.”[b](A)

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness(B) on the part of God’s people.(C)

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  1. Revelation 13:10 Some manuscripts anyone kills
  2. Revelation 13:10 Jer. 15:2

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!(A) In his great mercy(B) he has given us new birth(C) into a living hope(D) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,(E) and into an inheritance(F) that can never perish, spoil or fade.(G) This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,(H) who through faith are shielded by God’s power(I) until the coming of the salvation(J) that is ready to be revealed(K) in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice,(L) though now for a little while(M) you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.(N) These have come so that the proven genuineness(O) of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire(P)—may result in praise, glory and honor(Q) when Jesus Christ is revealed.(R) Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him(S) and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

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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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12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run(A) with perseverance(B) the race marked out for us,

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32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,(A) when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.(B)

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