Now in the middle of the night Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, and the prisoners heard them.
Blessed are they, who are persecuted for righteousness sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
and saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death, stay here and watch with me.
Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and reject you, and reproach you, and cast out your name as infamous on account of the Son of man.
And being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was like clotted blood falling down upon the ground.
And they departed from the presence of the council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer disgrace for his name.
And not only so, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience,
being afflicted on every side, but not oppressed; perplexed, but not in despair;
For which cause we are not disheartened: but though our outward man decayeth, yet the inward man is renewed daily.
as sorrowing, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things.
speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord:
But if I be even poured forth as a libation on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and congratulate with you all.
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for the sake of his body, which is the church.
And let the peace of God preside in your hearts, to which ye are also called as united in one body: and be thankful for it.
Be always joyful.
Who in the days of his flesh, offered prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears, to Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in what He feared;
In which ye rejoice, tho' now for a little while, if need be, ye are grieved through various trials.