Romans 5:4
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English Standard Version
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,

King James Bible
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

American Standard Version
and stedfastness, approvedness; and approvedness, hope:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And patience trial; and trial hope;

English Revised Version
and patience, probation; and probation, hope:

Webster's Bible Translation
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

Weymouth New Testament
fortitude, ripeness of character; and ripeness of character, hope;

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Vincent's Word Studies

Experience (δοκιμήν)

Wrong. The word means either the process of trial, proving, as 2 Corinthians 8:2, or the result of trial, approvedness, Philippians 2:22. Here it can only be the latter: tried integrity, a state of mind which has stood the test. The process has already been expressed by tribulation. Rev. renders probation, which might be defended on the ground of English classical usage. Thus Shakespeare:

"And of the truth herein

This present object made probation.

"Hamlet," i., 1

Jeremy Taylor: "When by miracle God dispensed great gifts to the laity, He gave probation that He intended that all should prophecy and preach."

But probation has come to be understood, almost universally, of the process of trial. The more accurate rendering is proof or approval.

Romans 5:4 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

patience.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

2 Corinthians 1:4-6 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble...

2 Corinthians 4:8-12 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair...

2 Corinthians 6:9,10 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed...

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life...

1 Peter 1:6,7 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations...

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect...

and experience.

Joshua 10:24,25 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel...

1 Samuel 17:34-37 And David said to Saul, Your servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock...

Psalm 27:2,3 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell...

Psalm 42:4,5 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God...

Psalm 71:14,18-24 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise you more and more...

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair...

2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge...

Cross References
Luke 21:19
By your endurance you will gain your lives.

Philippians 2:22
But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.

Hebrews 6:19
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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