In their letters, the apostles expand the concept of perseverance beyond faith to include the life and character
as God's people. They exhort Believers to persevere in doing God's work.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one
another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in
spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering (hypomenō) in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does
not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does
not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures (hypomenō) all things. (1 Cor 13:4-7)
But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured (hypomenō) a great
conflict of sufferings, partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by
becoming sharers with those who were so treated. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully
the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one. Therefore,
do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside
every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set
before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured
(hypomenō) the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For
consider Him who has endured (hypomenō) such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not
grow weary and lose heart. You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;
and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, "My son, do not regard lightly the
discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, AND
HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES." It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons;
for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Blessed is a man who perseveres (hypomenō) under trial; for once he has been approved,
he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious
produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen
your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you
yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. As an example, brethren, of
suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured
(hypomenō). You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord's dealings, that
the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and
gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God
a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly
treated, you endure (hypomenō) it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you
patiently endure (hypomenō) it, this finds favor with God.
(1 Pet 2:18-20)