Romans 5:4

4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 5:4 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
New Living Translation (NLT)
4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
The Message Bible (MSG)
4 and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.
American Standard Version (ASV)
4 and stedfastness, approvedness; and approvedness, hope:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
4 endurance creates character, and character creates confidence.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
4 The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope.

Romans 5:4 Meaning and Commentary

Romans 5:4

And patience experience
As tribulations tend to exercise and increase patience, so patience being exercised and increased, enlarges the saints' stock and fund of experience; of the love and grace of God communicated to them at such seasons; of his faithfulness in fulfilling his promises; of his power in supporting them; and of their own frailty and weakness; and so are taught humility, thankfulness, and resignation to the will of God:

and experience, hope;
hope is a gift of God's grace, and is implanted in regeneration, but abounds, increases, and becomes more strong and lively by experience of the love, grace, mercy, power, and faithfulness of God.

Romans 5:4 In-Context

2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
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