'Persecuted' in the Bible
"How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!
Rejoice and be extremely glad, because your reward in heaven is great! That's how they persecuted the prophets who came before you."
Remember what I told you: "A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
I persecuted this Way, even executing people, and kept tying up both men and women and putting them in prison,
We wear ourselves out from working with our own hands. When insulted, we bless. When persecuted, we endure.
For I am the least of the apostles and not even fit to be called an apostle because I persecuted God's church.
persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed.
But just as then the son who was conceived according to the flesh persecuted the son who was conceived according to the Spirit, so it is now.
As for me, brothers, if I am still preaching the necessity of circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed.
These people who want to impress others by their external appearance are trying to force you to be circumcised, simply to avoid being persecuted for the cross of the Messiah.
who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, who have persecuted us, and who please neither God nor any group of people,
and how I was persecuted and suffered in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them.
Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in union with the Messiah Jesus will be persecuted.