But although tribulation is thus the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have his presence and sympathy to cheer them, his grace to support them, and his example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach “the kingdom,” it will more than make amends for the “much tribulation” through which they passed to enter it." I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. - Alexander Maclaren, A believer may pass through much affliction, and yet secure very little blessing from it all. It is a pressing together as of grapes. John 16:33, ESV: "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the early years of Christianity the man who chose to become a Christian chose to face trouble. Psalm 59:16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress. In NT times there were two ways of threshing grain. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. 1 Samuel 10:19 "But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, 'No, but set a king over us!' His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. - Richard Cecil, Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better; unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse. 2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. John 17 records Jesus’ prayer to the Father and after this prayer Jesus is betrayed and arrested. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father. This alone - I have a high priest in heaven, and he can support in the hour of affliction. Tribulation (thlipsis from thlibo = to crush, press together, squash, hem in, compress, squeeze in turn derived from thláo = to break) originally expressed sheer, physical pressure on a man. Thlipsis is used 45 times in the NT (see all NT uses of Thlipsis below) Thlipsis is translated in the NAS as affliction (inflicting on a person something that is hard to bear), 14; afflictions, 6; anguish, 1; distress (the state of being in great trouble), 2; persecution (harassment in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict), 1; tribulation (distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution), 16; tribulations, 4; trouble, 1. But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Hosea 7:12 When they go, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like the birds of the sky. ", John MacArthur writes that "Thlipsis (tribulations) has the underlying meaning of being under pressure and was used of squeezing olives in a press in order to extract the oil and of squeezing grapes to extract the juice… In Scripture the word thlipsis is perhaps most often used of outward difficulties, but it is also used of emotional stress." Sometimes stenochoria is used in place of dyschoria. Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old. Usually, however, the grain was piled about a foot and a half deep on the smooth, hard threshing floor. (Trench's Synonyms), Oh, when we are journeying through the murky night and the dark woods of affliction and sorrow, it is something to find here and there a spray broken, or a leafy stem bent down with the tread of His foot and the brush of His hand as He passed; and to remember that the path He trod He has hallowed, and thus to find lingering fragrance and hidden strength in the remembrance of Him as "in all points tempted like as we are," bearing grief for us, bearing grief with us, bearing grief like us. Proverbs 1:27 When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. Thlipsis - 99x in the Septuagint (LXX) = see all 99 verses below. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. Tribulation is perhaps as accurate a rendering as is possible, being derived from tribulum, the threshing-roller of the Romans. ἑαυτ., and John 11:35,—the feeling in the Lord was clearly one of rising sympathy, which vented itself at last in tears. - Charles Spurgeon, The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. A striking parallel may be found in Isa 63:1-3 (Ed: see commentary), where the Lord says that He has "trodden the winepress alone" and adds: "for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury." In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. His aim in uttering them was “that in me” (cf. Key Thought . 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Matthew 24:9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. When, according to the ancient law of England, those who willfully refused to plead guilty, had heavy weights placed on their breasts, and were pressed and crushed to death, this was literally thlipsis. But nowhere does he promise that there will be no external trouble from the fallen world in which we live, or that God won’t design for us some refining fire for our good and his glory. Cf. (Word Meanings in the NT), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia adds that "thlipsis derives from roots that graphically portray the process in which a person is first limited, then walled in, and gradually squeezed until something must give. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us. Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans." Psalm 22:11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. “ These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. ofSong of Song of Solomon 5:3) which is its only sense in the New Testament. Chicago: Moody Press), Richards, L O: Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, Bromiley, G. W. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised. Paul's thought in Colossians is that the afflictions and the suffering that have come to him in the course of his ministry should not be viewed as discipline or as punishment. One may still see two yoke of oxen, each pulling a threshing sled ridden by women or children, just as it was done back in the days of David, a thousand years before the birth of Christ. - William Secker, Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. No, he will be always at thee, for he "goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." - Andrew Murray, Pour not on the comforts you want, but upon the mercies you have. 22 'Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. Whether Aquinas intended to provide an etymology (he probably did), he certainly uttered a truth when he said: "Joyfulness is like width. Psalm 46:1 For the choir director. If the body be in pain, conscience is in peace, --there is mercy: affliction is for the prevention of sin, --there is mercy. Psalm 9:9 The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now I have kept Thy Word. Matthew 7:14). But take heart! When you squeeze something, what comes out is what is on he inside. Mark 4:17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. Peace is resting in his victory. Jeremiah 6:24 We have heard the report of it; Our hands are limp. Paying the Bills. They said therefore, What is this that he saith, A little while? If anyone is carnal, weak, blind, wicked, irascible, haughty, and so forth, tribulation will make him more carnal, weak, blind, wicked and irritable. embraces the whole of the consolatory utterances from John 14:1 onwards. Of the fifty-five uses of this root (thlipsis and thlibo) in the NT, fifty-three are figurative and correspond closely to the Hebrew words tsarah and tsar." Believers are not delivered or preserved in a way which lowers them, and makes them feel themselves degraded; far from it, the Lord's salvation bestows honour upon those it delivers. Lastly, look within thee, into thine own heart and observe what is there. Chicago: Moody Press). Paul’s use of “in Christ”) “ye may have peace”. God is always near in sympathy and in power to help his tried ones. Here it is the wicked who will experience God's wrath and fury for their willful disobedience. You have not eyes good enough. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like Him? Isaiah 10:3 Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? (2Thes 1:4), Paul explained that God Himself, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…, comforts (comes alongside of) us in all our affliction (thlipsis) so that (notice again how your affliction is not without purpose) we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." Since we do not know if Bajazet suffered because of his narrow confines, perhaps it would be better to refer to the oubliettes, in which Louis XI shut up his victims, or to the "little-ease" that was used to torture the Roman Catholics in Queen Elizabeth's reign: "It was of so small dimensions and so constructed that the prisoners could neither stand, walk, sit, nor lie in it at full length." word (for fall away) also means “to cause offense,” from which comes the Eng. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?  20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Mark 13:19 "For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. - A.W. Explanation and Commentary of John 16:33. It focuses attention on external conditions as the cause of emotional pressures. - John Flavel, Do not be despondent when fighting against the incorporeal enemy, but even in the midst of your afflictions and oppression praise the Lord, Who has found you worthy to suffer for Him, by struggling against the subtlety of the serpent, and to be wounded for Him at every hour; for had you not lived piously, and endeavored to become united to God, the enemy would not have attacked and tormented you. It is found 45 times in the NT; 21 times it is translated "tribulation," 17 times "affliction." 2 Chronicles 15:6 "Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress. Lewis, There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the sting out of every trouble, and takes out the bitterness from every affliction. Lawrence Richards writes that "thlipsis is used as a technical theological term for the Great Tribulation (see note below) of the end times. 2 Chronicles 18:26 and say, 'Thus says the king, "Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely."'" - Thomas Boston, Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house. Ezekiel 18:18 "As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was not good among his people, behold, he will die for his iniquity. עֳנִי ‘ŏnî  Affliction (Ex 4:31). Thus persecution, affliction, distress, opposition or tribulation, all press hard on one's soul. Romans 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. He broke and defeated the power of sin and death through his own sacrificial death. Definition of ‘overcome” Thlipsis and stenochoria refer to the same thing under different images. This is a thorough word study about the meaning of the Greek word ... as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. Robertson's Word Pictures - Tribulation (thlipseōs). עשֶׁק ‘ōsheq  Extortion (Ezek 18:18). - Thomas Watson, Knowing the truth concerning the deep workings of the evil spirit helps the individual not only to overcome sins but to eliminate unnecessary afflictions as well. Paul did not exult because of the tribulations themselves but because of their beneficial effect upon his Christian life. Acts 7:10 and rescued him from all his afflictions , and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household. The Expositor's Greek Testament. 1 Corinthians 7:28 But if you marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. The word comes from the verb thlibe 5, which means "press," a term used for pressing out grapes in a winepress (see pix). Acts 20:23 except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. In this world you will have trouble() But take heartI have overcome the world.” (Mt 5:48 - notes). WORDS OF JESUS IN RED. In this life, we deal … John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. Distress will not rise up twice. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18-note). And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. In the greatest danger, faith says, "I have a great God." "Narrow straits" (aporia stene) and stenochoria appear together in Isaiah 8:22. Psalm 81:7 "You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. - Thomas Brooks, What if we have more of the rough file, if we have less rust! B. Eerdmans). Samuel Rutherford wrote to one of his friends, “God has called you to Christ’s side, and the wind is now in Christ’s face in this land: and seeing ye are with him ye cannot expect the lee-side or the sunny side of the brae.” It is always a costly thing to be a real Christian, for there can be no Christianity without its cross. Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." In the world you have tribulation , but take courage; I have overcome the world." - Kay Arthur, The agony of man's affliction is often necessary to put him into the right mood to face the fundamental things of life. 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