But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)not see it; we do hope for it; and, therefore, we patiently endure the sufferings that lie upon the road to it.2 Corinthians 4:17. In the hope of that blessed eternity which is before him, the Christian can endure the severest trial, and bear the intensest pain without a complaint. patience of hope, 1 Thessalonians 1:3: see Hebrews 6:12 10:36.
then do we with patience wait for it; as that which is certain and real, as something valuable, which will be satisfying, and be received with the utmost joy. This supposes, that the persons who wait for it believe it, and their interest in it, at least hope they have one; that they have a valuable esteem and affection for it; that they are not in a state of perfection and happiness; and that they sit loose by the things of this world, and are ready to part with the one, and grasp the other: the manner of their waiting is "with patience"; a grace, of which God is the efficient, Christ is the exemplar, and the word the means; and which is of great use under afflictions from the hand of God, under the reproaches and persecutions of men, under desertions and want of answers in prayer, under the temptations of Satan, and in the expectation of the heavenly glory.But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Romans 8:25. Διʼ ὑπομ.] With patience, perseveringly. Hebrews 12:1; Kühner, II. 1, p. 418.
The indicative ἀπεκδεχ., which is not, with Estius, Koppe, Köllner, and others, to be taken as exspectare debemus, does not announce the virtuous operation (Grotius), but simply the situation, which the circumstance that we hope without seeing involves. The ethical position assigned to us is, that we patiently wait for the object of our hope.25. But if we hope, &c.] The emphasis here is double; (a) on the fact that we do hope for a given thing; i.e. look for it with a reason for so doing; (b) on the fact that it is (by its nature as an object of hope) out of sight. Of this general statement, the particular case is the Hope of Glory; and the inference is that we must be at once patient and intent (see next note) in waiting for it. But this particular application is left to be understood.
wait] Same word as Romans 8:19, where see note.Romans 8:25. Εἰ δὲ, but if) The patient waiting of believers is deduced from the nature of hope.
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