1 Maccabees 12:9


7 Already in time past a letter was sent to the high priest Onias from Arius, who was king among you, stating that you are our brothers, as the appended copy shows. 8 Onias welcomed the envoy with honor, and received the letter, which contained a clear declaration of alliance and friendship. 9 Therefore, though we have no need of these things, since we have as encouragement the holy books that are in our hands, 10 we have undertaken to send to renew our family ties and friendship with you, so that we may not become estranged from you, for considerable time has passed since you sent your letter to us.

Romans 15:4

New Testament

1 But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. 3 For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.” 4 For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. 5 Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, 6 so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Notes and References

"... Paul is not interested in steadfastness or encouragement in general, as all current translations seem to assume in deleting the article. By defining it in scriptural terms, he differentiates it from soldierly courage and Stoic endurance, because biblical encouragement characteristically depends on God. Similarly, 'encouragement' is quite different in the biblical tradition where the final source of comfort is God as compared with the Greek philosophical tradition of consolation that ordinarily remains within a human framework. Moreover, by linking “the endurance” with “the encouragement,” Paul broadens the claim of biblical reliance in 1 Maccabees 12:9, which is frequently mentioned as a close parallel ..."

Jewett, Robert Romans: A Commentary (p. 882) Fortress Press, 2007

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