Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,1 when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.233
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;3 at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.434
You sympathized with those in prison5 and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.635
So do not throw away your confidence;7 it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere8 so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.9