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afflictions

Common to all (Job 5:7; 14:1; Ps. 34:19)

Afflictions are for the good of men (James 1:2-3, 12; 2 Cor. 12:7) and the glory of God (2 Cor. 12:7-10; 1 Pet. 4:14) and are to be borne with patience by the Lord’s people (Ps. 94:12; Prov. 3:12).

They are all directed by God (Lam. 3:33), and will result in the everlasting good of his people (2 Cor. 4:16-18) in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:35-39).