Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
After beating them severely, they put them in jail, and gave the jailer orders to keep close watch of them.
"Blessed are those who have endured persecution for their uprightness, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them!
"Blessed are you when people hate you and exclude you and denounce you and spurn the name you bear as evil, on account of the Son of Man.
More than that, we ought to glory in our troubles, for we know that trouble produces endurance,
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why I am pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties, when they are endured for Christ's sake, for it is when I am weak that I am strong.
For you have been granted the privilege not only of trusting in Christ but of suffering for him.
For you showed sympathy with those who were in prison, and you put up with it cheerfully when your property was taken from you, for you knew that you had in yourselves a greater possession that was lasting.
You must find the greatest joy, my brothers, in being involved in various trials,
1 Peter 4:13
but be glad that you are in a measure sharing the sufferings of the Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may be triumphantly happy.
fixing our eyes upon Jesus, our leader and example in faith, who in place of the happiness that belonged to him, submitted to a cross, caring nothing for its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.