ESV -- Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer
HCSB -- Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer
NET -- Rejoice in hope, endure in suffering, persist in prayer
NASB -- Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer
AMP -- Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer
MSG -- Cheerfully expectant. Don't quit in hard times, pray all the harder.
KJV -- Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant prayer
Let's look at these 3 exhortations..
First.. Be joyful in hope
Rejoice .. being joyful.. cheerfully.. expectant in HOPE
The Greek word used here means rejoice, joy, joyfully, be glad, hail
Hope -- faith, hope BUT from a root word that mean to anticipate (usually with pleasure).. expectation, confidence
So I am to be full of joyful anticipation and confidence in my faith and hope which is Jesus Christ!
Next... Be patient in affliction
Patient in.. enduring... persevering... steadfast .. in affliction, suffering , tribulation
hupomeno (Greek) -- to stay under, remain, bear, have fortitude, endure, abide, take patiently.
Tribulation -- from root which means pressure, affliction, anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble
So I am to be patient.. endure.. stay under.. bear.. remain in.. have fortitude in.. abide while I an in tribulation, trouble, affliction, anguish, burdened or pressured.
Abide.. I don't think we are to abide IN the suffering or tribulation but to abide while going through it.
John 15 is all about abiding.. remaining.. in HIM.. Only way we bear fruit is to abide in Him and we are called to bear fruit no matter the circumstances.
So our hope is in Him.. our abiding in Him...
and lastly... Be faithful in prayer
Continuing instant.. be faithful.. constant.. persistent.. devoted in prayer
"continue instant" is a phrase foreign to me.. even though I was reared with the King James Version of the Bible. It means to be earnest towards, to persevere, be constantly diligent, to adhere closely, attend continually, wait on.
So I am to be earnest toward, persevere in, be constantly diligent, adhere closely to, attend continually to, wait in prayer... and again, we find Jesus.. for our prayers are to be asked in His name!
These verses go hand in hand with 1 Thess 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I love that the underlying current which allows me to do these things.. to rejoice.. be patient.. be faithful.. is JESUS.. my hope in Him.. sharing in His affliction.. staying connected to Him with prayer. It is all about Jesus and our relationship with Him!