New American Standard Bible
and we toil, working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure;
King James Bible
And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
Darby Bible Translation
and labour, working with our own hands. Railed at, we bless; persecuted, we suffer it;
World English Bible
We toil, working with our own hands. When people curse us, we bless. Being persecuted, we endure.
Young's Literal Translation
and labour, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Being reviled - That they were often reviled or reproached, their history everywhere shows. See the Acts of the Apostles. They were reviled or ridiculed as Jews by the Gentiles; and jeered by all as "Nazarenes," and as deluded followers of Jesus; as the victims of a foolish superstition and enthusiasm.
We bless - We return good for evil. In this they followed the explicit direction of the Saviour; see the note at Matthew 5:44. The main idea in these passages is, that they were reviled, were persecuted, etc. The other clauses, "we bless," "we suffer it," etc. seem to be thrown in "by the way" to show how they bore this ill treatment. As if he had said "we are reviled; and what is more, we bear it patiently, and return good for evil." At the same time, that he was recounting his trials, he was, therefore, incidentally instructing them in the nature of the gospel, and showing how their sufferings were to be borne; and how to illustrate the excellency of the Christian doctrine.
Being persecuted - See the note at Matthew 5:11.
We suffer it - We sustain it; we do not revenge it; we abstain from resenting or resisting it.
LibraryJune the Twenty-Eighth the Waiting Light
2 CORINTHIANS iv. 1-6. I can shut out the sweet light of the morning. I can refuse to open the shutters and draw up the blinds. And I can shut out the Light of life. I can draw the thick blinds of prejudice, and close the impenetrable shutters of sin. And the Light of the world cannot get into my soul. And I can let in the waiting light of the morning, and flood my room with its glory. And the Light is "a gracious, willing guest." No fuss is needed, no shouting is required. Open thy casement, and …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
The Inner and the Outer Revelation.
Fundamental Oneness of the Dispensations.
The Preacher as an Apostle.
"Remember the word that I said to you, 'A slave is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent-makers.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
2 Corinthians 11:8
I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you;
He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
1 Peter 3:9
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
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