1 Corinthians 4:12
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New International Version
We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

New Living Translation
We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us.

English Standard Version
and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;

Berean Study Bible
We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

Berean Literal Bible
and we toil, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;

New American Standard Bible
and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;

King James Bible
And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

International Standard Version
We wear ourselves out from working with our own hands. When insulted, we bless. When persecuted, we endure.

NET Bible
We do hard work, toiling with our own hands. When we are verbally abused, we respond with a blessing, when persecuted, we endure,

New Heart English Bible
We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we toil as we labor with our hands. They dishonor us and we bless; they persecute us and we endure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We wear ourselves out doing physical labor. When people verbally abuse us, we bless them. When people persecute us, we endure it.

New American Standard 1977
and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;

Jubilee Bible 2000
and labour, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it;

King James 2000 Bible
And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure it:

American King James Version
And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

American Standard Version
and we toil, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we labour, working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless; we are persecuted, and we suffer it.

Darby Bible Translation
and labour, working with our own hands. Railed at, we bless; persecuted, we suffer [it];

English Revised Version
and we toil, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;

Webster's Bible Translation
And labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it;

Weymouth New Testament
Homes we have none. Wearily we toil, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we bear it patiently;

World English Bible
We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.

Young's Literal Translation
and labour, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:7-13 We have no reason to be proud; all we have, or are, or do, that is good, is owing to the free and rich grace of God. A sinner snatched from destruction by sovereign grace alone, must be very absurd and inconsistent, if proud of the free gifts of God. St. Paul sets forth his own circumstances, ver. 9. Allusion is made to the cruel spectacles in the Roman games; where men were forced to cut one another to pieces, to divert the people; and where the victor did not escape with his life, though he should destroy his adversary, but was only kept for another combat, and must be killed at last. The thought that many eyes are upon believers, when struggling with difficulties or temptations, should encourage constancy and patience. We are weak, but ye are strong. All Christians are not alike exposed. Some suffer greater hardships than others. The apostle enters into particulars of their sufferings. And how glorious the charity and devotion that carried them through all these hardships! They suffered in their persons and characters as the worst and vilest of men; as the very dirt of the world, that was to be swept away: nay, as the offscouring of all things, the dross of all things. And every one who would be faithful in Christ Jesus, must be prepared for poverty and contempt. Whatever the disciples of Christ suffer from men, they must follow the example, and fulfil the will and precepts of their Lord. They must be content, with him and for him, to be despised and abused. It is much better to be rejected, despised, and ill used, as St. Paul was, than to have the good opinion and favour of the world. Though cast off by the world as vile, yet we may be precious to God, gathered up with his own hand, and placed upon his throne.
Study Bible
Fools for Christ
11To this very hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clad, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13when we are slandered, we answer gently. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.…
Cross References
John 15:20
Remember the word that I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you as well; if they kept My word, they will keep yours as well.

Acts 18:3
and he stayed and worked with them because they were tentmakers by trade, just as he was.

Romans 8:35
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

Romans 12:14
Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.

2 Corinthians 11:8
I robbed other churches by accepting their support in order to serve you.

Ephesians 4:28
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

labour.

1 Corinthians 9:6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he stayed with them, and worked: …

Acts 20:34 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my …

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night …

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor …

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust …

being reviled.

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do …

Luke 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which spitefully use you.

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

Romans 12:14,20 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not…

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed …

being persecuted.

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and …

1 Peter 3:14 But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and …

1 Peter 4:12-14,19 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

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