Now I can find joy amid my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my own person whatever is lacking in Christ's afflictions on behalf of His Body, the Church.
And not only so: we also exult in our sufferings, knowing as we do, that suffering produces fortitude;
Do not be ashamed then to bear witness for our Lord and for me His prisoner; but rather share suffering with me in the service of the Good News, strengthened by the power of God.
I have great confidence in you: very loudly do I boast of you. I am filled with comfort: my heart overflows with joy amid all our affliction.
I long to know Christ and the power which is in His resurrection, and to share in His sufferings and die even as He died;
Moreover He is the Head of His Body, the Church. He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, in order that He Himself may in all things occupy the foremost place.
"Blessed are you when they have insulted and persecuted you, and have said every cruel thing about you falsely for my sake.
They, therefore, left the Sanhedrin and went their way, rejoicing that they had been deemed worthy to suffer disgrace on behalf of the NAME.
For just as we have more than our share of suffering for the Christ, so also through the Christ we have more than our share of comfort.
We are hard pressed, yet never in absolute distress; perplexed, yet never utterly baffled;
Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if I were out of my mind.)
the completeness of Him who everywhere fills the universe with Himself.
For this reason I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles--
Therefore I entreat you not to lose heart in the midst of my sufferings on your behalf, for they bring you honour.
Nay, even if my life is to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I rejoice, and I congratulate you all.
For preaching the Good News I suffer, and am even put in chains, as if I were a criminal: yet the word of God is not imprisoned.
Reckon it nothing but joy, my brethren, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials.