Romans 5:3
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New International Version
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

New Living Translation
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

English Standard Version
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

New American Standard Bible
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

King James Bible
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance,

International Standard Version
Not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

NET Bible
Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And not only in this way, but we boast also in afflictions, for we know that affliction perfects patience in us,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But that's not all. We also brag when we are suffering. We know that suffering creates endurance,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And not only this, but we even glory in the tribulations, knowing that the tribulation works patience;

King James 2000 Bible
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;

American King James Version
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience;

American Standard Version
And not only so, but we also rejoice in our tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh stedfastness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Darby Bible Translation
And not only [that], but we also boast in tribulations, knowing that tribulation works endurance;

English Revised Version
And not only so, but let us also rejoice in our tribulations: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Webster's Bible Translation
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Weymouth New Testament
And not only so: we also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude;

World English Bible
Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance;

Young's Literal Translation
And not only so, but we also boast in the tribulations, knowing that the tribulation doth work endurance;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-5 A blessed change takes place in the sinner's state, when he becomes a true believer, whatever he has been. Being justified by faith he has peace with God. The holy, righteous God, cannot be at peace with a sinner, while under the guilt of sin. Justification takes away the guilt, and so makes way for peace. This is through our Lord Jesus Christ; through him as the great Peace-maker, the Mediator between God and man. The saints' happy state is a state of grace. Into this grace we are brought, which teaches that we were not born in this state. We could not have got into it of ourselves, but we are led into it, as pardoned offenders. Therein we stand, a posture that denotes perseverance; we stand firm and safe, upheld by the power of the enemy. And those who have hope for the glory of God hereafter, have enough to rejoice in now. Tribulation worketh patience, not in and of itself, but the powerful grace of God working in and with the tribulation. Patient sufferers have most of the Divine consolations, which abound as afflictions abound. It works needful experience of ourselves. This hope will not disappoint, because it is sealed with the Holy Spirit as a Spirit of love. It is the gracious work of the blessed Spirit to shed abroad the love of God in the hearts of all the saints. A right sense of God's love to us, will make us not ashamed, either of our hope, or of our sufferings for him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 3-5. - And not only so, but we glory in tribulations (or, our tribulations) also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Ghost which is given to us. The peace, the joy, the hope, that come of faith might be supposed unable to stand against the facts of this present life, in which, to those first believers, only peculiar tribulations might seem to follow from their faith. Not so, says the apostle; nay, their very tribulations tend to confirm our hope, and so even in them we also glory. For we perceive how they serve for our probation now: they test our endurance; and proved endurance increases hope. And this hope does not shame us in the end, as being baseless and without fulfilment; for our inward experience of the love of God assures us of the contrary, and keeps it ever alive. The word δοκιμὴ ("experience," Authorized Version) means properly "proof," and is so translated elsewhere. The idea is that tribulations test, and endurance under them proves, the genuineness of faith; and approved faithfulness strengthens hope (cf. Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13, "He that endureth (ὑπομείνας, corresponding to ὑπομονὴν here) to the end, the same shall be saved "). By "the love of God" is meant rather God's love to us than ours to God. What follows in explanation requires this sense. Of course, it kindles answering love in ourselves (cf. "We love God, because he first loved us"); but the idea here is that of God's own love, the sense of which we experience, flooding our hearts with itself through the gift of the Holy Spirit. It may be observed that, though assurance of the fulfilment of our hope is here made to rest on inward feeling, yet this is legitimately convincing to those who do so feel. As in many other matters, so especially in religion, it is internal consciousness that carries the strongest conviction with it, and induces certitude. The verses that come next set forth the grounds of our sense of God's exceeding love to us.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also,.... The tribulations of the saints are many and various, through the hatred of the world, the temptations of Satan, their own corruptions; and are the will of their heavenly Father; what Christ has foretold, and they expect; and here particularly design such as are for Christ's sake, which being supported under, and carried through, they glory in: not that these are desirable in themselves, and to the flesh; but they glory in them as they are for Christ's sake, and in a good cause; as they are trials of grace, and of use for the exercise of it: and as they are in the exercise of grace, amidst these tribulations, and are comforted under them, and are helped to have regard to the heavenly glory. The ground of which glorying is, that these afflictions are the means of promoting patience, experience, and hope:

knowing this, that tribulation worketh patience; patience is a grace, of which God is the author; it is one of the fruits of the Spirit; the word of God is the means of its being first implanted; and afflictions are the means of promoting it, when they are sanctified; otherwise they produce impatience, murmurings, and repinings; there is great need of patience under them; and, by divine grace, they are the matter and occasion of exercising, and so of increasing it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3, 4. we glory in tribulation also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience—Patience is the quiet endurance of what we cannot but wish removed, whether it be the withholding of promised good (Ro 8:25), or the continued experience of positive ill (as here). There is indeed a patience of unrenewed nature, which has something noble in it, though in many cases the offspring of pride, if not of something lower. Men have been known to endure every form of privation, torture, and death, without a murmur and without even visible emotion, merely because they deemed it unworthy of them to sink under unavoidable ill. But this proud, stoical hardihood has nothing in common with the grace of patience—which is either the meek endurance of ill because it is of God (Job 1:21, 22; 2:10), or the calm waiting for promised good till His time to dispense it come (Heb 10:36); in the full persuasion that such trials are divinely appointed, are the needed discipline of God's children, are but for a definite period, and are not sent without abundant promises of "songs in the night." If such be the "patience" which "tribulation worketh," no wonder that

Romans 5:3 Additional Commentaries
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Faith Brings Peace and Joy
2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;…
Cross References
Habakkuk 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Matthew 5:12
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Luke 21:19
Stand firm, and you will win life.

Romans 5:11
Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Romans 8:23
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.

Romans 9:10
Not only that, but Rebekah's children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.

2 Corinthians 8:19
What is more, he was chosen by the churches to accompany us as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and to show our eagerness to help.

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

James 1:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
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