Greek Pronunciation [ma krah thew MEE ah]

HCSB Translation: patience

Uses in the NT: 14


As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:10-11)


Makrothumia refers to patient perseverance in withstanding a difficult situation. The patience of the faithful witnesses and martyrs of old is an example for present day believers (Heb. 6:12; Jas. 5:10). Paul prayed that the Colossian church would be strengthened for all patience (Col. 1:11). Elsewhere, makrothumia speaks of patience within the context of personal relationships, referring to the patience of people toward one another or of God toward humanity. Paul exhorts Timothy to encourage his congregation with patience (2 Tim. 4:2), and believers should demonstrate patience toward each other (Col. 3:12). In reference to God, makrothumia always indicates His slowness in bringing about judgment. God’s patience waited while Noah prepared an ark (1 Pet. 3:20), and God’s patience in bringing judgment provides present opportunity for repentance (Rom. 2:4). Similarly, the patience of Jesus in bringing judgment should be considered as a present opportunity for salvation (2 Pet. 3:15).


Word Studies courtesy of the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible. Used with permissions from B&H Publishing Group, A Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.