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12 Causes of Afflictions

Updated: Jan 27


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12 causes of afflictions

Affliction means terrible, evil, adversity, calamity, grief, sorrow, and wretchedness. The idea is that God made sorrow, misery, wretchedness, etc., as the sure fruit of sin. He made the law of sowing and reaping. Learn the 12 causes of afflictions.

Sin (Gen. 3:16, Ps. 25:18, 89:32)

Gen. 3:16 “16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow, thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

Ps. 25:18 “Look upon mine affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.


Backsliding (Ps. 119:67)

Ps. 119:67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.”


Misuse of the tongue (Pr. 26:28)

Prov. 26:28 “A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.”


Resentment (Gen. 16:4-11)


Gen. 16:4-11 “And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee. 6 But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. 7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.”


Pride (Job. 33:14-29)

Job 33:14-29 “14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. 19 He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: 20 So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. 21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. 22 Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom 25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: 26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness. 27 He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not 28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. 29 Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man,”

Impenitence (Pr. 1:30-31; Rev. 2:21)

Rev. 2:21 “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.”

Born in it (Job 5:6)

Job 5:6 “Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;


Mistreatment of others (Gen. 27 with 32:11; Gen. 37 with 42:21)

Hardness of heart (Ex. 4:12)


Idolatry (Judg. 10:6-10; 2 Ki. 17)


Judg. 10:6-10 “6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him.

7 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.

8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.

10 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.”

Forgetting God (1 Sam. 12:9-10)

1 Sam. 12:9-10 “9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.

10And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee.”

Hypocrisy (Mt. 23)


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