185. Verse 10. Because thou hast kept the word of My endurance, signifies because they have fought against evils, and then have rejected falsities. That "the word of endurance" signifies spiritual combat, which is called temptation, is plain from what next follows: "I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall be"; for he who is tempted in the world, is not tempted after death. Spiritual combat, which is temptation, is called the word of the Lord's endurance or patience, because in temptations the Lord fights for man, and He fights by means of truths out of His Word.