Patience is a Virtue: Is it in the Bible?

Ahhh, I am still waiting for my hosting provider to finish their upgrades and find my patience is wearing thin. So, quite naturally, the phrase

Patience is a Virtue

came to mind. And quite frankly, I have no idea where this phrase originated, does anybody else?

I will continue to be patient as my web servers are being upgraded, please do the same as my daily contributions are not so daily right now.

Here is the origin of patience is a virtue.


Patience is a Virtue: Is it in the Bible? — 7 Comments

  1. Indeed patience is a virtue, largely mingled with our faith. It’s typified as the engine or reinforcer of the quality of faith we are rendering to God. Gals. 5:22 named it as among the fruits of the Spirit, the wonder-working power of the Holy Spirit. It’s endorsed in 1Tim6:11, and fifteen times at least in the entire Bible. Romans 15:5 emphatically stated God is the God of patience. Hebrew 6:12 expressly exhorts us “… with faith and patience we inherit the promises of God.” Main ingredient in faith is patience, for faith involves expectations on unseen things. The concept is clear, scarcely can man trust Somebody nor intangible forces, faith identifies its stance and patience executes endurance.
    Tremendous words, powerful and true! We can live in these words and promises!

  2. The quote Patience is a Virtue is an anonymous proverb and not attributable to any one person. It is quite Biblical as Lady points out.

    Here is a passage from the Book of James to add to the conversation: “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” – James 5:7-11 KJV.

  3. “Patience is a virtue” is from Chaucer, and an old English saying. What it is NOT is from the Bible……

  4. Thanks Nadine! Yes, the origin of the quote “patience is a virtue” does come from Chaucer’s The Franklin’s Tale.

    Patience is virtue high, and that’s certain;
    For it does vanquish, as these clerks make plain,
    Things that oppression never could attain.

    You can find the entire, modern English version of Geoffrey Chaucer Canterbury Tales, The Franklin’s Tale, here.

  5. Hmmmmm …

    Firstty… as you stated, Chaucer wrote “Patience is virtue high, …” he did NOT write “Patience IS A Virtue” … so to attribute the origin to the Bible is just as true as to attribute it to Chaucer or anyone else !

    Secondly, the proverb has also been traced to ‘Piers Plowman’ (1377) by William Langland and is similar to the Latin, Maxima enim..patientia virtus (Patience is the greatest virtue) so it is a SHORTENED form of a TRANSLATION and NOT the exact Quote either !

    WILLIAM LANGLAND, the supposed English poet … We know nothing of William Langland except from the supposed evidence of the MSS. of the poem and the text itself … and there are many references on the web … here is a good compilation –>

    The greater likelyhood is that the Phrase “Patience is a Virtue” was a Translation from another language … and if it is that, then my bet would be that it comes from a Chinese Text.

    Regardless … there is NO EXACT QUOTE to be found anywhere – so for all we know it could have been an obscure writer or simply an off-the-mark mis-quote dropped in a conversation that simply caught on and went mainstream…

    There is NOTHING wrong with admitting that we simply do not know (at this point in time) where the phrase came from 🙂

    Unless someone finds the EXACT quote – at which point I gladly stand corrected !

  6. I believe that it may not even be a quote but just a statement sutch as stating that apples are sweet or grass is green maybe nothing more maybe nothing less for me its just an idea

  7. KJ JUSTUS used “Patience is a Virtue” as his album name, yet it was passed down from his Grandfather years earlier. Patience was mentioned in the Bible several times, but never was this quote used in complete context. It was more a “word of mouth” quote passed down from previous generations.

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