But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Therefore I rejoice in weaknesses, in rough treatment, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Be sober, watch. Your enemy the Devil, like a roaring lion, goes about seeking some one to devour.
"If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.
Pray for blessings on your persecutors, blessings, not curses.
I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?'
Who shall separate us from Christ's love? Shall trial or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness! For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when men hate you and when they shut you out and reproach you and cast out your name as evil because of the Son of Man!
And all who are determined to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Jesus said, "I tell you truly there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the good news,
who will not receive a hundred fold more now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come life eternal.
"Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and say every evil thing against you falsely for my sake!