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Nehemiah 9:30 - (God's patience with Israel)
Job 6:11 - (Job has no more strength for patience)
Psalm 37:7 - "Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes."
Proverbs 14:29 - "Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly."
Proverbs 15:18 - "A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel."
Proverbs 16:32 - "Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city."
Proverbs 19:11 - "A personís wisdom yields patience; it is to oneís glory to overlook an offense."
Proverbs 25:15 - "Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone."
Ecclesiastes 7:8 - "The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride."
Romans 2:4 - "Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that Godís kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?"

PATIENCE [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

pa'-shens (hupomone, makrothumia):
"Patience" implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such it is an essential Christian virtue to the exercise of which there are many exhortations. We need to "wait patiently" for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove.

The word "patience" does not occur in the Old Testament, but we have "patiently" in Psalms 40:1 as the translation of qawah, "to wait," "to expect," which word frequently expresses the idea, especially that of waiting on God; in Psalms 37:7, "patiently" ("wait patiently") is the translation of qul, one of the meanings of which is "to wait" or "to hope for" or "to expect" (of Job 35:14); "patient" occurs (Ecclesiastes 7:8) as the translation of 'erekh ruach, "long of spirit," and (Job 6:11) "that I should be patient" (ha'arikh nephesh). Compare "impatient" (Job 21:4).

"Patience" occurs frequently in the Apocrypha, especially in Ecclesiasticus, e.g. 2:14; 16:13; 17:24; 41:2 (hupomone); 5:11 (makrothumia); 29:8 (makrothumeo, the Revised Version (British and American) "long suffering"); in The Wisdom of Solomon 2:19, the Greek word is anexikakia.

In the New Testament hupomone carries in it the ideas of endurance, continuance (Luke 8:15; 21:19; Romans 5:3-4, the American Standard Revised Version "stedfastness"; Romans 8:25, etc.).

In all places the American Revised Version margin has "stedfastness," except James 5:11, where it has "endurance"; makrothumia is translated "patience" (Hebrews 6:12; James 5:10); makrothumeo, "to bear long" (Matthew 18:26,29; James 5:7; See LONGSUFFERING ); the same verb is translated "be patient" (1 Thessalonians 5:14, the Revised Version (British and American) "longsuffering"; James 5:7-8, the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) "patient"); makrothumos, "patiently" (Acts 26:3); hupomeno (1 Peter 2:20); anexikakos is translated "patient" (2 Timothy 2:4, the Revised Version (British and American), the King James Version margin, "forbearing"); epieikes, "gentle" (1 Timothy 3:3, the Revised Version (British and American) "gentle"); hupomeno (Romans 12:12, "patient in tribulation"). For "the patient waiting for Christ" (2 Thessalonians 3:5), the Revised Version (British and American) has "the patience of Christ."

Patience is often hard to gain and to maintain, but, in Romans 15:5, God is called "the God of patience" (the American Revised Version margin "stedfastness") as being able to grant that grace to those who look to Him and depend on Him for it. It is in reliance on God and acceptance of His will, with trust in His goodness, wisdom and faithfulness, that we are enabled to endure and to hope stedfastly.

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W. L. Walker

PATIENCE [Thompson Chain Reference]

    Ecclesiastes 7:8
    Luke 21:19
    Romans 12:12
    1 Thessalonians 5:14
    2 Timothy 2:24
    Titus 2:2
    Hebrews 10:36
    James 1:4
    James 5:7
    2 Peter 1:6
    SEE Endurance
    SEE Steadfastness

Examples of

    2 Thessalonians 1:4
    Hebrews 6:15
    James 5:11
    Revelation 1:9
    Revelation 2:2
    Revelation 14:12
    SEE Meekness

In Waiting for God

    Genesis 49:18
    Psalms 33:20
    Psalms 37:7
    Psalms 40:1
    Psalms 130:6
    Isaiah 25:9
    Isaiah 26:8
    Isaiah 33:2
    Lamentations 3:25
    Luke 2:25
    Acts 1:4
    SEE Prayerfulness

IMPATIENCE Examples of Moses, at the murmuring of Israel Numbers 20:10 Naaman, at the conditions imposed by the prophet 2 Kings 5:11 2 Kings 5:12 Jonah, at the blasting of the gourd Jnh 4:8 Jnh 4:9 The disciples, at the outcry of the Syrophenician woman Matthew 15:23 James and John, at the inhospitality of the Samaritans Luke 9:54 Martha, with her sister Mary Luke 10:40