Romans 12:12
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New International Version
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

New Living Translation
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

English Standard Version
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

New American Standard Bible
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,

King James Bible
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

International Standard Version
Be joyful in hope, patient in trouble, and persistent in prayer.

NET Bible
Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Be rejoicing in your hope. Bear your afflictions bravely. Be persistent in prayer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be happy in your confidence, be patient in trouble, and pray continually.

Jubilee Bible 2000
rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, constant in prayer,

King James 2000 Bible
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; constant in prayer;

American King James Version
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

American Standard Version
rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Rejoicing in hope. Patient in tribulation. Instant in prayer.

Darby Bible Translation
As regards hope, rejoicing: as regards tribulation, enduring: as regards prayer, persevering:

English Revised Version
rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing stedfastly in prayer;

Webster's Bible Translation
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing earnest in prayer;

Weymouth New Testament
full of joyful hope, patient under persecution, earnest and persistent in prayer.

World English Bible
rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Young's Literal Translation
in the hope rejoicing; in the tribulation enduring; in the prayer persevering;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:9-16 The professed love of Christians to each other should be sincere, free from deceit, and unmeaning and deceitful compliments. Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. We must not only do that which is good, but we must cleave to it. All our duty towards one another is summed up in one word, love. This denotes the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained. And love to God and man, with zeal for the gospel, will make the wise Christian diligent in all his wordly business, and in gaining superior skill. God must be served with the spirit, under the influences of the Holy Spirit. He is honoured by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope. He is served, not only by working for him, but by sitting still quietly, when he calls us to suffer. Patience for God's sake, is true piety. Those that rejoice in hope, are likely to be patient in tribulation. We should not be cold in the duty of prayer, nor soon weary of it. Not only must there be kindness to friends and brethren, but Christians must not harbour anger against enemies. It is but mock love, which rests in words of kindness, while our brethren need real supplies, and it is in our power to furnish them. Be ready to entertain those who do good: as there is occasion, we must welcome strangers. Bless, and curse not. It means thorough good will; not, bless them when at prayer, and curse them at other times; but bless them always, and curse not at all. True Christian love will make us take part in the sorrows and joys of each other. Labour as much as you can to agree in the same spiritual truths; and when you come short of that, yet agree in affection. Look upon worldly pomp and dignity with holy contempt. Do not mind it; be not in love with it. Be reconciled to the place God in his providence puts you in, whatever it be. Nothing is below us, but sin. We shall never find in our hearts to condescend to others, while we indulge conceit of ourselves; therefore that must be mortified.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 12-14. - In hope rejoicing; in tribulation enduring; in prayer continuing instant; communicating to the necessities of the saints (i.e. Christians); given to (literally, pursuing) hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. In ver. 14 the form of the admonition passes from participles to direct imperatives, a positive command of Christ being adduced. In ver. 15 the gentler admonitory form of in the infinitive is taken up, passing to participles, as before in ver. 16.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Rejoicing in hope,.... Of the glory of God, than the hope of which nothing can make a believer more cheerful in this world; the saints' joy is therefore called the "rejoicing of the hope", Hebrews 3:6. This is placed between serving the Lord, and being patient in tribulation; for nothing tends more to animate the people of God to a cheerful serving of him, or to make them more patient under afflictions, than a hope of being for ever with the Lord:

patient in tribulation; whilst the saints are in this world they must expect tribulation; their way to heaven lies through it; and it becomes them to be patient under it, not murmuring against God, on the one hand, nor reviling of men, on the other.

Continuing instant in prayer: prayer is needful at all times, but especially in a time of tribulation and distress, whether inward or outward. This should be made without ceasing; saints should watch unto it with all perseverance; men should pray always, and not faint; never give out and over, or be discouraged. This advice is rightly given and placed here, to teach us that we are to go to the throne of grace continually for fresh supplies of grace, and strength to enable us to exercise the grace, and perform the duties exhorted to both in preceding and following verses.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. Rejoicing, &c.—Here it is more lively to retain the order and the verbs of the original: "In hope, rejoicing; in tribulation, enduring; in prayer, persevering." Each of these exercises helps the other. If our "hope" of glory is so assured that it is a rejoicing hope, we shall find the spirit of "endurance in tribulation" natural and easy; but since it is "prayer" which strengthens the faith that begets hope and lifts it up into an assured and joyful expectancy, and since our patience in tribulation is fed by this, it will be seen that all depends on our "perseverance in prayer."

Romans 12:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love, Zeal, Hope, Hospitality
11not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Cross References
Acts 1:14
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Romans 5:2
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Hebrews 10:32
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering.

Hebrews 10:36
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Treasury of Scripture

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Rejoicing.

Romans 5:2,3 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Psalm 16:9-11 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also …

Psalm 71:20-23 You, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall quicken …

Psalm 73:24-26 You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory…

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation …

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

Lamentations 3:24-26 The LORD is my portion, said my soul; therefore will I hope in him…

Habakkuk 3:17,18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in …

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: …

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject …

1 Corinthians 13:13 And now stays faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest …

Philippians 3:1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things …

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of …

1 Thessalonians 5:8,16 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according …

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we…

Hebrews 6:17-19 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show to the heirs of promise …

1 Peter 1:3-8 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; …

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

patient.

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Romans 5:3,4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Romans 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

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

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because …

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good …

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess you your souls.

Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to …

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your …

2 Thessalonians 3:5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 3:10 But you have fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, …

Hebrews 6:12,15 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

James 1:3,4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience…

James 5:7,10,11 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

1 Peter 2:19,20 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure …

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

Revelation 13:10 He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills …

continuing.

Genesis 32:24-26 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until …

Job 27:8-10 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Psalm 55:16,17 As for me, I will call on God; and the LORD shall save me…

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before …

Psalm 109:4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer.

Jeremiah 29:12,13 Then shall you call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I …

Daniel 9:18,19 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold …

Luke 11:5-13 And he said to them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall …

Luke 18:1-8 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with …

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, …

Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry …

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing …

2 Corinthians 12:8 For this thing I sought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Ephesians 6:18,19 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

Philippians 4:6,7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …

Colossians 4:2,12 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving…

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

James 5:15,16 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise …

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

1 John 5:14,15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any …

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