'Persecute' in the Bible
And the Lord your God will put all these curses upon your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecute you.
Why do you, as if you were God, pursue and persecute me? [Acting like wild beasts] why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
If you say, How we will pursue him! [and continue to persecute me with the claim] that the root [cause] of all these [afflictions] is found in me,
You have become harsh and cruel to me; with the might of Your hand You [keep me alive only to] persecute me.
O Lord my God, in You I take refuge and put my trust; save me from all those who pursue and persecute me, and deliver me,
The wicked in pride and arrogance hotly pursue and persecute the poor; let them be taken in the schemes which they have devised.
My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.
Draw out also the spear and javelin and close up the way of those who pursue and persecute me. Say to me, I am your deliverance!
[And I am distracted] at the noise of the enemy, because of the oppression and threats of the wicked; for they would cast trouble upon me, and in wrath they persecute me.
For they pursue and persecute him whom You have smitten, and they gossip about those whom You have wounded, [adding] to their grief and pain.
Saying, God has forsaken him; pursue and persecute and take him, for there is none to deliver him.
How many are the days of Your servant [which he must endure]? When will You judge those who pursue and persecute me?
All Your commandments are faithful and sure. [The godless] pursue and persecute me with falsehood; help me [Lord]!
They draw near who follow after wrong thinking and persecute me with wickedness; they are far from Your law.
Princes pursue and persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your words [dreading violation of them far more than the force of prince or potentate].
Let those be put to shame who persecute me, but let me not be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but let me not be dismayed. Bring on them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.
Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous -- " with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of your outward conditions) are you when people revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely on My account.
But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
When they persecute you in one town [that is, pursue you in a manner that would injure you and cause you to suffer because of your belief], flee to another town; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Because of this, take notice: I am sending you prophets and wise men (interpreters and teachers) and scribes (men learned in the Mosaic Law and the Prophets); some of them you will kill, even crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and pursue and persecute from town to town,
For this reason also the wisdom of God said, I will send them prophets and apostles, [some] of whom they will put to death and persecute,
But previous to all this, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, turning you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be led away before kings and governors for My name's sake.
For this reason the Jews began to persecute (annoy, torment) Jesus and sought to kill Him, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.
Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours.
Which of the prophets did your forefathers not persecute? And they slew those who proclaimed beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, Whom you now have betrayed and murdered -- "
And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me [harass and trouble and molest Me]?
And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice in the Hebrew tongue saying to me, Saul, Saul, why do you continue to persecute Me [to harass and trouble and molest Me]? It is dangerous and turns out badly for you to keep kicking against the goads [to keep offering vain and perilous resistance].
Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them.
They were only hearing it said, He who used to persecute us is now proclaiming the very faith he once reviled and which he set out to ruin and tried with all his might to destroy.