What Does The Bible Say About Patience In Suffering?
Quotes are from the RSV Catholic Edition or the Douay-Rheims
Job 4:5-6 – But now the scourge is come upon thee, and thou faintest: it hath touched thee, and thou art troubled. Where is thy fear, thy fortitude, thy patience, and the perfection of thy ways?
Psalms 61:6 – But be thou, O my soul, subject to God: for from him is my patience.
Psalms 70:5 – For thou art my patience, O Lord: my hope, O Lord, from my youth;
Ecclesiasticus 1:29 – A patient man shall bear for a time, and afterwards joy shall be restored to him.
Ecclesiasticus 2:3-5 – Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God, and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end. Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience. For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.
Ecclesiasticus 2:16-17 – Woe to them that have lost patience, and that have forsaken the right ways, and have gone aside into crooked ways. And what will they do, when the Lord shall begin to examine?
Baruch 4:25 – My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you: for thy enemy hath persecuted thee, but thou shalt quickly see his destruction: and thou shalt get up upon his neck.
Luke 21:19 – By your endurance you will gain your lives.
Romans 2:6-7 – For he will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
Romans 5:3-5 – More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
2 Corinthians 6:4 – but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,
Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Colossians 1:9,11 – And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, […] May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
Hebrews 10:36-37 – For you have need of endurance, so that you may do the will of God and receive what is promised. “For yet a little while,
and the coming one shall come and shall not tarry;
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 5:10-11 – As an example of suffering and patience, brethren, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
1 Peter 2:20-21 – For what credit is it, if when you do wrong and are beaten for it you take it patiently? But if when you do right and suffer for it you take it patiently, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.