Why did I ever come forth from the womb
To look on trouble and sorrow,
So that my days have been spent in shame?
“Why is light given to him who suffers,
And life to the bitter of soul,
I am the man who has seen affliction
Because of the rod of His wrath.
“Man, who is born of woman,
Is short-lived and full of turmoil.
You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor;
All my adversaries are before You.
For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
To the woman He said,
“I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.”
“Oh that You would hide me in Sheol,
That You would conceal me until Your wrath returns to You,
That You would set a limit for me and remember me!
For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
From the sole of the foot even to the head
There is nothing sound in it,
Only bruises, welts and raw wounds,
Not pressed out or bandaged,
Nor softened with oil.
“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose heart is My law;
Do not fear the reproach of man,
Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
My sorrow is beyond healing,
My heart is faint within me!
“Is it nothing to all you who pass this way?
Look and see if there is any pain like my pain
Which was severely dealt out to me,
Which the Lord inflicted on the day of His fierce anger.
Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.