New American Standard Bible
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
King James Bible
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Darby Bible Translation
Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep.
World English Bible
Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.
Young's Literal Translation
to rejoice with the rejoicing, and to weep with the weeping,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Rejoice with them ... - This command grows out of the doctrine stated in Romans 12:4-5, that the church is one; that it has one interest; and therefore that there should be common sympathy in its joys and sorrows. Or, enter into the welfare of your fellow-Christians, and show your attachment to them by rejoicing that they are made happy; compare 1 Corinthians 12:26, "And whether .... one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it." In this way happiness diffuses and multiplies itself. It becomes expanded over the face of the whole society; and the union of the Christian body tends to enlarge the sphere of happiness and to prolong the joy conferred by religion. God has bound the family of man together by these sympathies, and it is one of the happiest of all devices to perpetuate and extend human enjoyments.
Weep ... - See the note at John 11:35. At the grave of Lazarus our Saviour evinced this in a most tender and affecting manner. The design of this direction is to produce mutual kindness and affection, and to divide our sorrows by the sympathies of friends. Nothing is so well suited to do this as the sympathy of those we love. All who are afflicted know how much it diminishes their sorrow to see others sympathizing with them, and especially those who evince in their sympathies the Christian spirit. How sad would be a suffering world if there were none who regarded our griefs with interest or with tears! if every sufferer were left to bear his sorrows unpitied and alone! and if all the ties of human sympathy were rudely cut at once, and people were left to suffer in solitude and unbefriended! It may be added that it is the special duty of Christians to sympathize in each other's griefs:
(1) Because their Saviour set them the example;
(2) Because they belong to the same family;
(3) Because they are subject to similar trials and afflictions; and,
(4) Because they cannot expect the sympathy of a cold and unfeeling world.
LibraryJuly 22. "He that Ministereth Let us Wait on Our Ministering" (Rom. xii. 7).
"He that ministereth let us wait on our ministering" (Rom. xii. 7). Beloved, are you ministering to Christ? Are you doing it with your hands? Are you doing it with your substance and with what you have? Is He getting the best of what is most real to you? Has He a place at your table? And when He does not come to fill the chair, is it free to His representative, His poor and humble children? Your words and wishes are cheap if they do not find expression in your actual gifts. Even Mary did not put …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Still Another Triplet
Many and One
Now when Job's three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.
"Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?
A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.
Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.
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