"Blessed are you when they have insulted and persecuted you, and have said every cruel thing about you falsely for my sake.
You are to be envied, if you are being reproached for bearing the name of Christ; for in that case the Spirit of glory-- even the Spirit of God--is resting upon you.
Enough for the learner to be on a level with his teacher, and for the servant to be on a level with his master. If they have called the master of the house Baal-zebul, how much more will they slander his servants?
To save your life is to lose it, and to lose your life for my sake is to save it.
For whoever is bent on securing his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the Good News, will secure it.
You will be objects of universal hatred because you are called by my name, but those who stand firm to the End will be saved.
"Blessed are you when men shall hate you and exclude you from their society and insult you, and spurn your very names as evil things, for the Son of Man's sake.
You will be the objects of universal hatred because you are called by my name;
But they will inflict all this suffering upon you on account of your bearing my name--because they do not know Him who sent me.
and you will even be put on trial before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness to them and to the Gentiles.
And you will be objects of universal hatred because you are called by my name; but he who holds out to the End--he will be saved.
And whoever has forsaken houses, or brothers or sisters, or father or mother, or children or lands, for my sake, shall receive many times as much and shall have as his inheritance the Life of the Ages.
"At that time they will deliver you up to punishment and will put you to death; and you will be objects of hatred to all the nations because you are called by my name.
but they have no root within them. They last for a time; then, when suffering or persecution comes because of the Message, they are immediately overthrown.
"You yourselves must be on your guard. They will deliver you up to Sanhedrins; you will be brought into synagogues and cruelly beaten; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to be witnesses to them for me.
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, 'He has a demon!'
For whoever desires to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake shall save it.
"But before all these things happen they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you up to synagogues and to prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my sake.
Then they railed at him, and said, "You are that man's disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
For I will let him know the great sufferings which he must pass through for My sake."
As it stands written in the Scripture, "For Thy sake they are, all day long, trying to kill us. We have been looked upon as sheep destined for slaughter."
We, for Christ's sake, are labeled as "foolish"; you, as Christians, are men of shrewd intelligence. We are mere weaklings: you are strong. You are in high repute: we are outcasts.
For we, alive though we are, are continually surrendering ourselves to death for the sake of Jesus, so that in this mortal nature of ours it may also be clearly shown that Jesus lives.
And you endure patiently and have borne burdens for My sake and have never grown weary.