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1 Corinthians 4:12

12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

Read 1 Corinthians 4:12 Using Other Translations

And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
We work wearily with our own hands to earn our living. We bless those who curse us. We are patient with those who abuse us.

What does 1 Corinthians 4:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Corinthians 4:12

And labour, working with our own hands
As the apostle did at Corinth, ( Acts 18:3 ) and elsewhere; partly to minister to his own necessities, and those of others; and partly that he might not be burdensome to the churches; and also to set an example of diligence and industry to others; though he had a right and power to claim a maintenance of those to whom he ministered.

Being reviled, we bless;
as Christ commanded, ( Matthew 5:44 ) and the apostle himself directed and exhorted to, ( Romans 12:14 )

being persecuted, we suffer it;
that is, patiently; neither resisting our persecutors, nor murmuring and repining at our unhappy circumstances; but taking all in good part, as what is the will of God, and will make for his glory.

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