Bible Verses about Persecution

bible verses about persecution

Persecution for Righteousness:

  • Matthew 5:10 – “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  • John 15:18 – “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
  • 1 Peter 3:17 – “For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:12 – “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
  • 1 Peter 3:14 – “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.'”

Endurance in Persecution:

  • James 1:12 – “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 – “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
  • 1 Peter 3:15 – “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
  • Revelation 2:10 – “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”
  • Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

God’s Presence in Persecution:

  • Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
  • Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
  • 2 Timothy 4:17 – “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Faith in Persecution:

  • Psalm 138:7 – “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand, you save me.”
  • Romans 8:35 – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
  • Hebrews 12:3 – “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
  • Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
  • Romans 8:38-39 – “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Witnessing in Persecution:

  • Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  • 1 Peter 3:15 – “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
  • Matthew 10:19 – “But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time, you will be given what to say.”
  • Luke 21:14 – “But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.”
  • 1 Peter 3:13-14 – “And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?”

The Perseverance of Early Christians:

  • Philippians 1:12 – “But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.”
  • Acts 14:21 – “And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch.”
  • Acts 8:4 – “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”
  • Mark 16:15 – “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'”
  • Acts 5:29 – “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men.'”

The Call to Pray for Persecuted Believers:

  • Hebrews 13:3 – “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
  • Romans 12:14 – “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
  • Ephesians 6:18 – “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
  • Luke 6:27-28 – “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
  • 1 Peter 4:12 – “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”

The Reward for Persecuted Believers:

  • Matthew 5:11-12 – “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for, in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
  • 1 Peter 4:13 – “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17 – “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
  • Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
  • Revelation 3:5 – “The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.”

Courage in Persecution:

  • Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • Revelation 12:11 – “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
  • 1 Peter 3:14 – “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.'”
  • Isaiah 41:10 – “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
  • Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

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