Romans 8:35-37 — Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
As it is written — quote from Psalm 44:22 — Yea, for Thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
Separate — (executioner, v.33) Separation from God is death.
Tribulation = suffering which results from pressure on the soul.
Tribulation is a word that has an interesting history. The English word comes from the Latin name for a flail. A piece of wood, a little longer than a broomstick, has attached to it by a leather thong a shorter piece of wood. The laborer swings the flail through the air and the shorter piece of wood beats upon the wheat, separating the grain from the chaff. There came a time when believers were so persecuted that it seemed as though they were being beaten out like wheat. This came to be called tribulation. — Donald Grey Barnhouse, God's Heirs, page 191.
Distress = anguish, shut up without the possibility of escape.
The Greek word [distress] is a combination of two words, the one meaning narrow and the other meaning space. It conveys the thought of being hemmed in. — Barnhouse, God's Heirs, page 192.
More than conquerors = super-conquerors, super-victorious
Him that loved us — the tense indicates past action continuing into the present.
Not only do we win the battle; we are more than conquerors for these adversities serve to draw us into still closer fellowship with Him, thus enriching our Christian experience. — C.R. Stam, The Epistle of Paul to the Romans, page 214.