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SUFFERING [International Standard Bible Encyclopedia]

suf'-er-ing:
A great variety of Hebrew and Greek expressions, too large to be here enumerated, have been translated by "suffering" and other forms derived from the same verb. The most obvious meanings of the word are the following:
(1) The commonest meaning perhaps in the English Versions of the Bible is "to permit," "to allow," "to give leave to": "Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away" (Mark 10:4).

(2) "To experience," "to go through,"' "to endure": "I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him" (Matthew 27:19). A woman "had suffered many things of many physicians" (Mark 5:26). Other common phrases are "to suffer affliction" (1 Thessalonians 3:4; Hebrews 11:25, the Revised Version (British and American) "share ill-treatment"), "to suffer hardship" (2 Timothy 2:9), "to suffer adversity" (Hebrews 13:3 the King James Version, the Revised Version (British and American) "to be ill-treated"), "to suffer dishonor" (the King James Version "shame," Acts 5:41), "to suffer violence," (Matthew 11:12), "to suffer wrong" (Acts 7:24), "to suffer terror" (Psalms 88:15), "to suffer shipwreck" (2 Corinthians 11:25), "to suffer hunger" (Psalms 34:10; Proverbs 19:15), "to suffer thirst" (Job 24:11).

(3) "To put up with," "to tolerate": the King James Version, "For ye suffer fools gladly (the Revised Version (British and American) "ye bear with the foolish gladly"), seeing ye yourselves are wise" (2 Corinthians 11:1,9).

(4) "To undergo punishment": "Think ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they have suffered these things?" (Luke 13:2).

(5) "To sustain loss": "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss" (1 Corinthians 3:15; also Philippians 3:8).

(6) "To suffer death." Here the clearest references are to the suffering or passion of Christ, which indeed includes the enduring of untold hardships and affliction, all of which culminate in His vicarious death for man (Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31; 9:12; Luke 9:22; 17:25; 22:15; 24:26,46; Acts 3:18; 17:3; 26:23; 1 Peter 3:18).

Suffering belongs to the discipline of all Christ's followers (Romans 8:17; 2 Corinthians 1:7; Galatians 3:4; Philippians 3:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:12; 3:12; James 5:10; 1 Peter 2:20 f; 1 Peter 3:14,17; 4:1,13,16; 5:10). Such suffering is called a suffering for God's or Christ's sake (Jeremiah 15:15; Acts 9:16; Philippians 1:29; 2 Timothy 1:12). This fellowship in suffering unites us with the saints of God in all times (James 5:10), and is indeed a fellowship with the Lord Himself (Philippians 3:10), who uses this discipline to mold us more and more according to His character.

H. L. E. Luering


SUFFERING [Thompson Chain Reference]
# SUFFERING FOR CHRIST, general references to

    * Acts 5:41
    * Acts 9:16
    * Romans 8:17
    * Romans 8:36
    * 2 Corinthians 1:7
    * 2 Corinthians 11:23
    * Philippians 3:10
    * 2 Timothy 2:12
    * Hebrews 11:25
    * James 5:10
    * 1 Peter 2:20
    * 1 Peter 3:14
    * 1 Peter 4:16
    * 1 Peter 5:10

# "FOR CHRIST'S SAKE" some trials believers may be called upon to endure

    * Persecution
          o Matthew 5:11
    * Hatred
          o Matthew 10:22
    * Loss of Life
          o Matthew 10:39
    * Renunciation of Worldly Treasures
          o Matthew 19:29
    * Suffering
          o Acts 9:16
    * Loss of Reputation
          o 1 Corinthians 4:10
          o 2 Corinthians 4:5
    * Death
          o 2 Corinthians 4:11
          o 2 Corinthians 12:10
          o Philippians 1:29

# REPROACH SUFFERED

    * Luke 6:22
    * 1 Timothy 4:10
    * Hebrews 10:33
    * Hebrews 11:26
    * Hebrews 13:13
    * 1 Peter 4:14
    * SEE Rejoicing
    * SEE Persecution
    * SEE Stripes

# SAINTS DESPISED

    * 1 Samuel 17:42
    * 2 Samuel 6:16
    * Nehemiah 2:19
    * Nehemiah 4:2
    * Job 12:4
    * Psalms 119:141
    * 1 Corinthians 1:28
    * 1 Corinthians 4:13
    * SEE Hated, Saints
    * SEE Derision
    * SEE Aha

# IMPRISONMENT OF SAINTS

    * General References to
          o Genesis 39:20
          o 1 Kings 22:27
          o 2 Chronicles 16:10
          o Jeremiah 37:15
          o Jeremiah 38:6
          o Lamentations 3:53
          o Mark 6:17
          o Acts 5:18
          o Acts 12:4
          o Acts 16:23
          o Acts 23:35
          o Acts 26:10
          o 2 Corinthians 11:23
          o SEE Fetters
    * Of Paul
          o Ephesians 3:1
          o Ephesians 4:1
          o Ephesians 6:20
          o Philippians 1:7
          o Philippians 1:13
          o Colossians 4:3
          o Colossians 4:18
          o 2 Timothy 1:8
          o 2 Timothy 1:16
          o 2 Timothy 2:9

# PERSECUTION

    * General Examples of
          o 1 Kings 19:2
          o 1 Kings 22:27
          o 2 Chronicles 16:10
          o 2 Chronicles 24:21
          o Jeremiah 20:2
          o Jeremiah 32:2
          o Daniel 3:20
          o Daniel 6:16
          o Acts 4:3
          o Acts 5:40
          o Acts 8:1
          o Hebrews 11:36
          o SEE Beatings
          o SEE Scourging
          o SEE Stoning
          o SEE Stripes
    * Of Christ
          o Luke 4:29
          o Luke 23:11
          o John 5:16
          o John 7:1
          o John 8:37
          o John 10:39
          o SEE Sufferings of Christ
    * Of Paul
          o Acts 9:29
          o Acts 13:50
          o Acts 14:5
          o Acts 14:19
          o Acts 16:22
          o Acts 18:12
          o Acts 21:36
          o Acts 22:22
          o Acts 23:10
          o 1 Corinthians 4:12
          o 2 Corinthians 4:9
          o 2 Corinthians 11:24
          o 2 Timothy 2:9
          o 2 Timothy 3:11
          o SEE Suffering for Christ's Sake
    * Predicted concerning the Church
          o Matthew 10:17
          o Matthew 24:9
          o Luke 21:12
          o John 15:20
          o John 16:2
          o 2 Timothy 3:12
          o Revelation 2:10
    * General References to
          o Psalms 7:1
          o Psalms 31:15
          o Psalms 119:86
          o Psalms 119:157
          o Psalms 119:161
          o Psalms 143:3
          o Jeremiah 15:15
          o Lamentations 5:5
    * Of the Jews
          o SEE Jews 

# SMITING of the righteous

    * General References to
          o 1 Kings 22:24
          o Isaiah 50:6
          o Matthew 27:30
          o John 18:22
          o Acts 23:2
    * Upon the Cheek
          o 1 Kings 22:24
          o Job 16:10
          o Luke 6:29

# MARTYRDOM

    * General References to
          o Matthew 10:21
          o Acts 21:13
          o 1 Corinthians 13:3
          o Revelation 6:9
          o Revelation 20:4
    * Examples of
          o Zechariah
                + 2 Chronicles 24:21
          o John the Baptist
                + Mark 6:27
          o Abel
                + Luke 11:51
          o Stephen
                + Acts 7:58
          o James
                + Acts 12:2
                + Hebrews 11:37
                + Revelation 6:9 

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