Ephesians 3:13
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New International Version
I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

New Living Translation
So please don't lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.

English Standard Version
So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

Berean Study Bible
So I ask you not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore I implore you not to lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

King James Bible
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.

International Standard Version
So then, I ask you not to become discouraged because of my troubles on your behalf, which work toward your glory.

NET Bible
For this reason I ask you not to lose heart because of what I am suffering for you, which is your glory.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore I ask that you may not lose heart at my troubles for you, which are your glory.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this I request that you shall not grow weary of me by my afflictions which are for your sakes, for this is your glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So then, I ask you not to become discouraged by the troubles I suffer for you. In fact, my troubles bring you glory.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

American King James Version
Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

American Standard Version
Wherefore I ask that ye may not faint at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore I pray you not to faint at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore I beseech [you] not to faint through my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

English Revised Version
Wherefore I ask that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore I entreat you not to lose heart in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf, for they bring you honour.

World English Bible
Therefore I ask that you may not lose heart at my troubles for you, which are your glory.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore, I ask you not to faint in my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Study Bible
The Mystery of the Gospel
12In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence. 13So I ask you not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. 14... for this reason I bow my knees before the Father,…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which accomplishes in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we experience.

2 Corinthians 4:1
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.

Ephesians 3:1
For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles. . .
Treasury of Scripture

Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

ye.

Deuteronomy 20:3 And shall say to them, Hear, O Israel, you approach this day to battle …

Isaiah 40:30,31 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall …

Zephaniah 3:16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear you not: and to Zion, …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall …

2 Thessalonians 3:13 But you, brothers, be not weary in well doing.

Hebrews 12:3-5 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against …

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Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2 Corinthians 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation…

Philippians 1:12-14 But I would you should understand, brothers…

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which …

1 Thessalonians 3:2-4 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

(13) Wherefore I desire . . .--The verse is parenthetical--a reflection suggested by the greatness of the trust and the littleness of the minister dwelt upon in Ephesians 3:8-12, and inserted as a warning to the Ephesians not to be disheartened at the present "tribulation" of his imprisonment, as if it were a failure of his mission. (See this idea more fully worked out in Philippians 1:12-29.) "To faint" (as in 2Corinthians 4:1; 2Corinthians 4:16; Galatians 6:9; 2Thessalonians 3:13) is "to play the coward," as "thinking it (see 1Peter 4:12-13) a strange thing" that trouble should fall on him or them. It might well seem strange, when for four years at least, at Csarea and Rome, the marvellous activity of St. Paul's Apostolic career was apparently cut short.

At my tribulations for you, which is your glory.--There is a peculiar beauty in the thought suggested by the words "which is your glory." The suffering, triumphantly borne and actually turned to the furtherance of the gospel, is certainly a "glory," in the proof which it gives of the power of the truth and the grace of Christ. But the more obvious idea would have been to comfort the Ephesians by the declaration that St. Paul's tribulations were to himself a cause, not of pain, but of joy and glory--as is, in fact, done in Colossians 1:24, and in the celebrated passage, 2Corinthians 11:23-31. Here, however, instead of so doing, St. Paul pursues the same line of thought as in 1Corinthians 4:10--there half ironically, here seriously--that, while the suffering falls on himself, the glory passes to the Church, for which he suffers, and in which he is content to sink himself. Hence he bids the Ephesians find encouragement and glory for themselves,

Verse 13. - Wherefore I beg that ye faint not at my tribulations for you. A very delicate and touching request, that they would not be too much distressed by what he was suffering for them (comp. Epaphroditus, Philippians 2:26). Paul knew that the sympathy was so strong that what was suffered by him was endured sympathetically by them. Two expressions denote that the sufferings were great: "My tribulations for you" - a word expressing intense and protracted suffering; "that ye faint not," or that ye do not lose heart, as if the power of evil had got the upper hand. Which is your glory. That is, the character or capacity of the apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, in which I suffer tribulation, is one of such exalted dignity as to reflect glory on you. Take that view of my sufferings; I suffer because I hold so glorious an office, and the glory of that office is reflected on you. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you,.... The apostle was a man attended with many tribulations, and great afflictions, which he did not suffer as an evildoer, either from God or men; wherefore he was not ashamed of them, but gloried in them; yea, he took pleasure in them, having much of the presence of God in them; they did not come to him unawares, he always expected them, and was helped to look to the glory which should follow them, the view of which greatly supported him under them; and these tribulations were endured for the sake of the elect, for Christ's body's sake; the church, and among others, for the Ephesians, for the sake of preaching the Gospel among them, and for the confirmation of their faith in it; and yet they were a stumbling to them, they were ready to faint at them; but he desires they would not, since they were on account of the Gospel, which he had such a distinct knowledge of, and so clear a call to; and since they were for their sakes, and since he and they had such nearness of access to God by the faith of Christ, with so much boldness and confidence; and seeing also they turned to their account: which is your glory; meaning either that it was matter of glorying to them, and what they might boast of, that the apostle's afflictions were not for any crime that was found in him, but for preaching the Gospel to them, and that it was an honour to suffer in such a cause; or that their perseverance and constancy in the doctrines of the Gospel, notwithstanding the scandal of the cross, would be an honour to them. 13. "I entreat you not to be dispirited."

for you—in your behalf.

which is—rather, "which are your glory," namely, inasmuch as showing that God loved you so much, as both to give His Son for you, and to permit His apostles to suffer "tribulations" for you [Chrysostom] in preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles. See on [2366]Eph 3:1, "prisoner for you Gentiles." My tribulations are your spiritual "glory," as your faith is furthered thereby (1Co 4:10).3:13-19 The apostle seems to be more anxious lest the believers should be discouraged and faint upon his tribulations, than for what he himself had to bear. He asks for spiritual blessings, which are the best blessings. Strength from the Spirit of God in the inner man; strength in the soul; the strength of faith, to serve God, and to do our duty. If the law of Christ is written in our hearts, and the love of Christ is shed abroad there, then Christ dwells there. Where his Spirit dwells, there he dwells. We should desire that good affections may be fixed in us. And how desirable to have a fixed sense of the love of God in Christ to our souls! How powerfully the apostle speaks of the love of Christ! The breadth shows its extent to all nations and ranks; the length, that it continues from everlasting to everlasting; the depth, its saving those who are sunk into the depths of sin and misery; the height, its raising them up to heavenly happiness and glory. Those who receive grace for grace from Christ's fulness, may be said to be filled with the fulness of God. Should not this satisfy man? Must he needs fill himself with a thousand trifles, fancying thereby to complete his happiness?
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