My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;…
The quartz gold might bitterly complain when the hammer comes down on it — "Ah! I shall never be good for anything again. I am crushed to atoms." And when the rushing water came along it might cry out, "Here I am drowned. I am lost. I shall never come to the light any more." And when put into the furnace it might say, "Now I am for ever undone." But by and by, see that ring that clases the brow of the king. It is that same gold that understood not, through much tribulation it must enter upon honour. It is even thus with us. We need not complain if the terrible temptation comes along. It will give us an opportunity of using the grace which God has bestowed; it will show what metal we are of; it will bring out our character if we have any; and we may thus "count it all joy."
(W. G. Pascoe.)
Parallel VersesKJV: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;