Why is light given to one burdened with grief, and life to those whose existence is bitter,
Man born of woman is short of days and full of trouble.
If only You would hide me in Sheol and conceal me until Your anger passes, that You would appoint a time for me and then remember me.
I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of God's wrath.
My joy has flown away; grief has settled on me. My heart is sick.
He said to the woman: I will intensify your labor pains; you will bear children in anguish. Your desire will be for your husband, yet he will dominate you.
And He said to Adam, "Because you listened to your wife's voice and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'Do not eat from it': The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust."
Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.
Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see! Is there any pain like mine, which was dealt out to me, which the LORD made [me] suffer on the day of His burning anger?
"I assure you: You will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.
You know the insults I endure-- my shame and disgrace. You are aware of all my adversaries.
From the sole of the foot even to the head, no spot is uninjured-- wounds, welts, and festering sores not cleansed, bandaged, or soothed with oil.
Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is My instruction: do not fear disgrace by men, and do not be shattered by their taunts.
Then they went out from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be dishonored on behalf of the name.
For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: we have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men.
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless;
we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
when we are slandered, we entreat. We are, even now, like the world's garbage, like the filth of all things.
and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.
and others experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment.
keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.
Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace.
If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a meddler.
But if [anyone suffers] as a Christian, he should not be ashamed, but should glorify God with that name.