Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about affliction?” with specific Bible references.
Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about affliction?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes affliction in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines pride as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution.”
Now armed with a basic definition of affliction, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word affliction, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about affliction, scroll on for additional detail.
Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about affliction and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.
What Does the Bible Say About Affliction?
“This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.”
“Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.”
“He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression.”
“The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:”
“Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.”
1 Thessalonians 3:7
“Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:”
“Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction.”
“Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry: And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.”
“Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.”
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
“Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”
“Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.”
2 Corinthians 4:17
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
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