Pa-shens (hupomone, makrothumia): “Patience” implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity.
The word “patience” does not occur in the Old Testament, but we have “patiently” in Psalm 40:1 as the translation of qawah, “to wait,” “to expect,” which word frequently expresses the idea, especially that of waiting on God;
In the New Testament hupomone carries in it the ideas of endurance, continuance (Luke 8:15; Luke 21:19 Romans 5:3, 4, the American Standard Revised Version “stedfastness”; Romans 8:25, etc.).
Patience is often hard to gain and to maintain, but, in Romans 15:5, God is called “the God of patience” (the American Revised Version margin “stedfastness”) as being able to grant that grace to those who look to Him and depend on Him for it. It is in reliance on God and acceptance of His will, with trust in His goodness, wisdom and faithfulness, that we are enabled to endure and to hope stedfastly.
I do not claim the writing above. Its from the bible online. Topical.
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