bible verses about Persecution

Bible Verses About Persecution

The Bible is full of references to persecution and the trials that come with it. It's important to remember that we are not alone in our struggles and that God is with us every step of the way. Whether you're facing persecution for your beliefs or simply dealing with difficult circumstances, these selected verses offer wisdom and encouragement. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, and that God's love and guidance will always see you through.

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Persecution in the Bible

105 Bible Scriptures about Persecution

The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:

Genesis, Chapter: 49, Verse: 23

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Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.

Exodus, Chapter: 2, Verse: 15

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And Saul sent the messengers again to see David, saying, Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.

1 Samuel, Chapter: 19, Verse: 15

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Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

2 Kings, Chapter: 14, Verse: 19

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And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.

2 Chronicles, Chapter: 24, Verse: 21

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Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,

Ezra, Chapter: 4, Verse: 4

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And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

Nehemiah, Chapter: 4, Verse: 8

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They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

Job, Chapter: 16, Verse: 10

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They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

Job, Chapter: 30, Verse: 5

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With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth.

Psalm, Chapter: 35, Verse: 16

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The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.

Psalm, Chapter: 37, Verse: 32

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They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long.

Psalm, Chapter: 38, Verse: 12

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Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

Psalm, Chapter: 56, Verse: 5

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They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Psalm, Chapter: 56, Verse: 6

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They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Psalm, Chapter: 69, Verse: 4

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For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,

Psalm, Chapter: 71, Verse: 10

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Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Psalm, Chapter: 71, Verse: 11

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They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

Psalm, Chapter: 94, Verse: 21

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They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.

Psalm, Chapter: 109, Verse: 3

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I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.

Psalm, Chapter: 109, Verse: 25

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The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.

Psalm, Chapter: 140, Verse: 5

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For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

Isaiah, Chapter: 21, Verse: 15

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But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

Isaiah, Chapter: 51, Verse: 23

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But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

Jeremiah, Chapter: 11, Verse: 19

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Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by our hand:

Jeremiah, Chapter: 11, Verse: 21

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Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.

Jeremiah, Chapter: 20, Verse: 2

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Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.

Jeremiah, Chapter: 26, Verse: 8

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All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

Lamentations, Chapter: 2, Verse: 16

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Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

Lamentations, Chapter: 3, Verse: 52

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Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

Lamentations, Chapter: 4, Verse: 19

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And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

Daniel, Chapter: 2, Verse: 13

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I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Daniel, Chapter: 7, Verse: 21

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But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

Matthew, Chapter: 10, Verse: 17

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And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Matthew, Chapter: 10, Verse: 18

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Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Matthew, Chapter: 12, Verse: 14

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And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

Matthew, Chapter: 22, Verse: 6

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Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Matthew, Chapter: 23, Verse: 34

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Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Matthew, Chapter: 24, Verse: 16

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And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled.

Mark, Chapter: 12, Verse: 4

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And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some.

Mark, Chapter: 12, Verse: 5

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But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.

Mark, Chapter: 13, Verse: 9

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And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

Luke, Chapter: 4, Verse: 29

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Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

Luke, Chapter: 6, Verse: 22

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Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

Luke, Chapter: 11, Verse: 49

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The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

Luke, Chapter: 13, Verse: 31

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And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.

Luke, Chapter: 20, Verse: 20

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And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

Luke, Chapter: 21, Verse: 16

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And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

Luke, Chapter: 21, Verse: 17

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These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

John, Chapter: 9, Verse: 22

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Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where he were, he should shew it, that they might take him.

John, Chapter: 11, Verse: 57

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Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

John, Chapter: 15, Verse: 20

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But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

Acts, Chapter: 4, Verse: 17

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And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

Acts, Chapter: 5, Verse: 18

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Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.

Acts, Chapter: 5, Verse: 28

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And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

Acts, Chapter: 5, Verse: 40

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And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

Acts, Chapter: 6, Verse: 12

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Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:

Acts, Chapter: 7, Verse: 52

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And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.

Acts, Chapter: 7, Verse: 58

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And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 1

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And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 2

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And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 14

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For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 16

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And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 23

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But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 24

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And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

Acts, Chapter: 9, Verse: 29

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And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

Acts, Chapter: 12, Verse: 2

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But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

Acts, Chapter: 13, Verse: 50

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And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

Acts, Chapter: 14, Verse: 5

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And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

Acts, Chapter: 14, Verse: 19

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And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

Acts, Chapter: 16, Verse: 19

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And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

Acts, Chapter: 16, Verse: 20

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And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

Acts, Chapter: 16, Verse: 22

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And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

Acts, Chapter: 16, Verse: 23

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Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Acts, Chapter: 16, Verse: 24

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But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

Acts, Chapter: 17, Verse: 5

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And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

Acts, Chapter: 19, Verse: 23

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And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

Acts, Chapter: 19, Verse: 29

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And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

Acts, Chapter: 21, Verse: 27

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And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

Acts, Chapter: 21, Verse: 30

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For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

Acts, Chapter: 21, Verse: 36

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And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

Acts, Chapter: 22, Verse: 4

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And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

Acts, Chapter: 23, Verse: 12

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And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would inquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

Acts, Chapter: 23, Verse: 20

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And Festus said, King Agrippa, and all men which are here present with us, ye see this man, about whom all the multitude of the Jews have dealt with me, both at Jerusalem, and also here, crying that he ought not to live any longer.

Acts, Chapter: 25, Verse: 24

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I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

Acts, Chapter: 26, Verse: 9

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And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

Acts, Chapter: 26, Verse: 11

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For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

Acts, Chapter: 26, Verse: 21

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Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

Acts, Chapter: 27, Verse: 9

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Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

2 Corinthians, Chapter: 11, Verse: 24

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In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

2 Corinthians, Chapter: 11, Verse: 26

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In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

2 Corinthians, Chapter: 11, Verse: 32

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But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

Galatians, Chapter: 4, Verse: 29

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As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

Galatians, Chapter: 6, Verse: 12

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Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

1 Thessalonians, Chapter: 2, Verse: 15

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Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2 Timothy, Chapter: 3, Verse: 11

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Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy, Chapter: 3, Verse: 12

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Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

2 Timothy, Chapter: 4, Verse: 15

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And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Hebrews, Chapter: 11, Verse: 36

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Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

Hebrews, Chapter: 13, Verse: 13

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If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1 Peter, Chapter: 4, Verse: 14

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Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

1 John, Chapter: 3, Verse: 13

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I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation, Chapter: 1, Verse: 9

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And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation, Chapter: 12, Verse: 17

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And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Revelation, Chapter: 13, Verse: 7

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And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Revelation, Chapter: 18, Verse: 24

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