But remember the earlier days, when, after you had received the light, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings.
Sometimes you were publicly disgraced and persecuted, while at other times you stood loyally by those who were treated this way.
For you shared the sufferings of those who had been put in prison. Also when your possessions were seized, you accepted it gladly; since you knew that what you possessed was better and would last forever.
So don't throw away that courage of yours, which carries with it such a great reward.
For you need to hold out; so that, by having done what God wills, you may receive what he has promised.
For "There is so, so little time! The One coming will indeed come, he will not delay.
But the person who is righteous will live his life by trusting, and if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."
However, we are not the kind who shrink back and are destroyed; on the contrary, we keep trusting and thus preserve our lives!