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Suffering

Also called: Adversity, Affliction, Pain, Trouble
The endurance of pain or affliction.

Top Bible Verses about Suffering

Genesis 3:19

Genesis 3:16–19

To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bear children. And to your husband shall be your desire. And he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to the voice of your wife and you ate from the tree from which I forbade you to eat, the ground shall be cursed on your account. In pain you shall eat from it all the days of your life. And thorns and thistles shall sprout for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. By … Read Genesis 3:16–19

Job 14:1

“A human being born of a woman is short of days and full of troubles. Read Job 14:1

Psalm 22:1

My God, my God why have you forsaken me? Why are you far from helping me, far from the words of my groaning? Read Psalm 22:1
Isaiah 63:9

Isaiah 63:9

In all their distress, there was no distress, and the messenger of his presence saved them, in his love and compassion he himself redeemed them, and he lifted them up, and he supported them all the days of old. Read Isaiah 63:9

Luke 13:1–5

Now at the same time some had come to tell him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And he answered and said to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were sinners worse than all the Galileans, because they suffered these things? No, I tell you, but unless you repent you will all perish as well! Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them—do you think that they were sinners worse than all the people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell … Read Luke 13:1–5
Romans 8:16

Romans 8:16–18

The Spirit himself confirms to our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer together with him so that we may also be glorified together with him. For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us. Read Romans 8:16–18
Hebrews 5:8

Hebrews 5:7–8

who in the days of his flesh offered up both prayers and supplications, with loud crying and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard as a result of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered, Read Hebrews 5:7–8

Famous Christian Quotes About Suffering, Adversity, Affliction, Pain, Trouble

The Proper Answer to Some Questions Is Faith

Those who are blind from their infancy, why are they so? I will not tell you, until you promise me to receive baptism, and, being baptized, to live aright. It is not right to give you the solution of these questions. Preaching is not meant just for amusement. For even if I solve this, on the back of this follows another question; of such questions there is a bottomless deep. Therefore do not get into a habit of looking to have them solved for you, or else we shall never stop questioning. For look, if I solve this, I simply lead the way to question upon question, numberless as the snowflakes. So this is what we learn, rather to raise questions, not to solve the questions that are raised. For even if we do solve them, we have not solved them altogether, but (only) as far as man’s reasoning goes. The proper solution of such questions is faith—the knowing that God does all things justly and mercifully and for the best; that to comprehend the reason of them is impossible. This is the one solution, and another better than this does not exist.

John Chrysostom

No Victory Without a Battle

The fear and faith of God ought to make you prepared for everything, whether it is the loss of private estate, the constant and cruel harassment of your limbs by agonizing disorders, or the deadly and mournful wrench from wife, from children, from departing dear ones. Do not let these things be offenses to you, but battles; nor let them weaken nor break the Christian’s faith, but rather show forth his strength in the struggle, since all the injury inflicted by present troubles is to be despised in the assurance of future blessings. Unless the battle has gone before, there cannot be a victory. When there shall have been, in the onset of battle, the victory, then also the crown is given to the victors. For the helmsman is recognized in the tempest; in the warfare the soldier is proved. It is a wanton display when there is no danger. Struggle in adversity is the trial of the truth.

Cyprian of Carthage

Enjoyment and Suffering Common to the Good and Wicked

To the divine providence it has seemed good to prepare in the world to come for the righteous good things, which the unrighteous will not enjoy; and for the wicked evil things, by which the good will not be tormented. But as for the good things of this life, and its ills, God has willed that these should be common to both, so that we might not too eagerly covet the things that wicked men are seen equally to enjoy, nor shrink with an unseemly fear from the ills that even good men often suffer. There is, too, a very great difference in the purpose served both by those events that we call adverse and those called prosperous. For the good man is neither uplifted with the good things of time, nor broken by its ills; but the wicked man, because he is corrupted by this world’s happiness, feels himself punished by its unhappiness.

Augustine of Hippo
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