Affliction is the action and the result of grieving or grieving. It refers to a deep feeling of sadness, sorrow, pain or suffering.

This concept is especially used in health and religious matters, for example in the analysis of biblical texts.

Someone who has or feels affliction is afflicted. The word ‘affliction’ comes from the Latin afflictĭo, -ōnis.

Chronic affliction

In the area of health, a chronic affliction is an emotional reaction of pain and unhappiness persistent over time to a negative situation.

Some of the causes that can cause or contribute to a chronic affliction is the death of a loved one, a disease or disability. Other factors such as crises related to developmental ages are also noted.

The consequences of chronic affliction are varied and can cause depression and periodic and recurring feelings such as misunderstanding, frustration and disenchantment that affect the person at different levels.

Affliction in the Bible

The distress in the Bible is understood as a feeling of bitterness, sadness and regret. It is a temporary state since God appears as the solution for that feeling.

In the Bible this concept appears several times. It can correspond to the Hebrew words tsarah or tsar (‘affliction’, ‘trouble’, ‘distress’ or ‘scarcity’).

Trust and hope in the divine message and virtues such as simplicity are presented as ways to combat affliction.

The affliction of spirit

Affliction of spirit can be understood as affliction, sadness and sorrow in the mood.

In the Bible there is talk on some occasions of affliction of spirit. Specifically it can be found in the Old Testament in the Book of Genesis and Ecclesiastes.

For example: ‘I then looked at all the works that my hands had done, and the work I took to do them; and behold, everything was vanity and affliction of spirit, and without profit under the sun. ‘ (Ecclesiastes, 2:12)