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21 Bible Verses about Trials

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James 1:2-3

Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

For we don’t want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction that took place in Asia: we were completely overwhelmed—beyond our strength—so that we even despaired of life. Indeed, we personally had a death sentence within ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and He will deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that He will deliver us again

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for poweris perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. read more.
So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Matthew 5:10-12

Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed,
for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Malachi 3:3

He will be like a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. Then they will present offerings to the Lord in righteousness.

1 Peter 1:6-9

You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, read more.
because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Psalm 66:10-12

For You, God, tested us;
You refined us as silver is refined. You lured us into a trap;
You placed burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but You brought us out to abundance.

1 Peter 4:12-16

Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.read more.
None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler. But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name.

Genesis 22:1

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he answered.

Luke 22:28

You are the ones who stood by Me in My trials.

2 Corinthians 8:1-2

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God granted to the churches of Macedonia: During a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity.

1 Thessalonians 3:2-4

And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s coworker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you concerning your faith, so that no one will be shaken by these persecutions. For you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. In fact, when we were with you, we told you previously that we were going to suffer persecution, and as you know, it happened.

Job 1:7-12

The Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?”“From roaming through the earth,” Satan answered Him, “and walking around on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? No one else on earth is like him, a man of perfect integrity, who fears God and turns away from evil.” Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? read more.
Haven’t You placed a hedge around him, his household, and everything he owns? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out Your hand and strike everything he owns, and he will surely curse You to Your face.” “Very well,” the Lord told Satan, “everything he owns is in your power. However, you must not lay a hand on Job himself.” So Satan left the Lord’s presence.

From Thematic Bible


Trials » Often blessings in disguise

Job 34:31

Suppose someone says to God,
“I have endured my punishment;
I will no longer act wickedly.

Trials » Chastisement, a mark of the father's love

Proverbs 3:11-12

Do not despise the Lord's instruction, my son, and do not loathe His discipline; for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, just as a father, the son he delights in.

Hebrews 12:5

And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or faint when you are reproved by Him,

1 Corinthians 11:32

but when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord, so that we may not be condemned with the world.

Trials » Sometimes prolonged

Psalm 6:3

my whole being is shaken with terror.
And You, Lord—how long?

Psalm 13:1

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.Lord, how long will You forget me?
Forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 35:17

Lord, how long will You look on?
Rescue my life from their ravages,
my only one from the young lions.

Psalm 79:5

How long, Yahweh? Will You be angry forever?
Will Your jealousy keep burning like fire?

Psalm 80:4

Lord God of Hosts,
how long will You be angry
with Your people’s prayers?

Trials » Tribulation, a part of earthly experience

Trials » The refining influence of

Zechariah 13:9

I will put this third through the fire;
I will refine them as silver is refined
and test them as gold is tested.
They will call on My name,
and I will answer them.
I will say: They are My people,
and they will say: Yahweh is our God.”

Isaiah 1:25

I will turn My hand against you
and will burn away your dross completely;
I will remove all your impurities.

Trials » Of ministers and prophets

Ezekiel 24:18

I spoke to the people in the morning, and my wife died in the evening. The next morning I did just as I was commanded.

More verses: 1 Thessalonians 3:3

Trials » From God

Ruth 1:20

“Don’t call me Naomi. Call me Mara,” she answered, “for the Almighty has made me very bitter.

Job 6:4

Surely the arrows of the Almighty have pierced me;
my spirit drinks their poison.
God’s terrors are arrayed against me.

Job 16:12

I was at ease, but He shattered me;
He seized me by the scruff of the neck
and smashed me to pieces.
He set me up as His target;

Psalm 66:11

You lured us into a trap;
You placed burdens on our backs.

Trials » True believers do not faint under

Hebrews 12:5

And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons:My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly
or faint when you are reproved by Him,

Ephesians 3:13

So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.

More verses: Revelation 2:3

Trials » General references to

Exodus 3:7

Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of My people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I know about their sufferings.

Trials » Cup of suffering, saints drink of

Psalm 80:5

You fed them the bread of tears
and gave them a full measure
of tears to drink.

John 18:11

At that, Jesus said to Peter, “Sheathe your sword! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given Me?”

Psalm 73:10

Therefore His people turn to them
and drink in their overflowing words.

Matthew 20:22

But Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”“We are able,” they said to Him.

More verses: Psalm 102:9

Trials » Waters of affliction

Psalm 69:1

For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” Davidic.Save me, God,
for the water has risen to my neck.

Psalm 124:4

Then the waters would have engulfed us;
the torrent would have swept over us;

Isaiah 30:20

The Lord will give you meager bread and water during oppression, but your Teacher will not hide Himself any longer. Your eyes will see your Teacher,

More verses: Jonah 2:5

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