If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
With which Your enemies have reproached, O Lord, With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed.
Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him; and He took of the Spirit who was upon him and placed Him upon the seventy elders. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do it again.
How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.
Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho opposite him saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
A Psalm of David. A Maskil. How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered!
That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
“ Listen to Me, you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do not fear the reproach of man, Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
The Pharisees then answered them, “ You have not also been led astray, have you?
The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
They reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
They answered him, “ You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So they put him out.
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
But when they resisted and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
And they were glorifying God because of me.
when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,
In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;
Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;