John 15:18
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.

New Living Translation
"If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.

English Standard Version
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

New American Standard Bible
"If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.

King James Bible
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you.

International Standard Version
"If the world hates you, you should realize that it hated me before you.

NET Bible
"If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me first.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And if the world hates you, know that it hated me before you.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If the world hates you, realize that it hated me before it hated you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If the world hates you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

King James 2000 Bible
If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.

American King James Version
If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.

American Standard Version
If the world hateth you, ye know that it hath hated me before it hated you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If the world hate you, know ye, that it hath hated me before you.

Darby Bible Translation
If the world hate you, know that it has hated me before you.

English Revised Version
If the world hateth you, ye know that it hath hated me before it hated you.

Webster's Bible Translation
If the world hateth you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Weymouth New Testament
If the world hates you, remember that it has first had me as the fixed object of its hatred.

World English Bible
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.

Young's Literal Translation
if the world doth hate you, ye know that it hath hated me before you;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:18-25 How little do many persons think, that in opposing the doctrine of Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, they prove themselves ignorant of the one living and true God, whom they profess to worship! The name into which Christ's disciples were baptized, is that which they will live and die by. It is a comfort to the greatest sufferers, if they suffer for Christ's name's sake. The world's ignorance is the true cause of its hatred to the disciples of Jesus. The clearer and fuller the discoveries of the grace and truth of Christ, the greater is our sin if we do not love him and believe in him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - You need net be surprised if the world hate you. "The world," κόσμος (five times used in strongly emphatic manner), is humanity apart from grace. This world will despise and hate your mutual love, will scorn your love to itself for my sake; will detest the higher and unworldly standard which you will set up. But here is some consolation. Know (γινώσκετε imperative, as μνημονεύετε in Ver. 20) that it has hated me before (it hated) you. "Me first, me most" (Lange). "The superlative contains the comparative" (Tholuck). "This hatred is a community of destiny with me" (Meyer). You know how it has hated me, and hunted me from Bethlehem to Egypt, from Nazareth to Capernaum, from Gergesa to Jerusalem. Be not surprised if it hate you.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If the world hate you,.... After our Lord had signified how much he loved his disciples and what great things he had done for them, he faithfully acquaints them with the world's hatred of them, and what they must expect to meet with from that quarter, and says many things to fortify their minds against it; his words do not imply any doubt about it, but he rather takes it for granted, as a thing out of question; "if", or "seeing the world hate you"; they had had some experience of it already, and might look for more, when their master was gone from them: wherefore, he, in order to engage their patience under it, says,

ye know that it hated me before it hated you; which words are an appeal of Christ to his apostles, for the usage he had met with from the wicked and unbelieving world of the Jews; how they had expressed their hatred, not only by words, calling him a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a sinner, a Samaritan, a madman, one that had a devil, yea, Beelzebub himself, but by deeds; taking up stones to stone him more than once, leading him to the brow of an hill, in order to cast him down headlong, consulting by various means to take away his life, as Herod did in his very infancy; which was done, before they showed so much hatred to his disciples; and perhaps reference may be had to the original enmity between the seed of the woman, and the seed of the serpent, mentioned Genesis 3:15; as well as to these instances. Moreover, the words , rendered "before you", may be translated "the first" or "chief of you", your Lord and head; and denotes the dignity, excellency, and superiority of Christ; wherefore it is suggested, that if he, who was so much before them in personal worth and greatness, was hated by the world, they should not think it hard, or any strange thing, that this should be their case.



John 15:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Hatred of the World
18"If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19"If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.…
Cross References
Proverbs 29:27
The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.

Isaiah 66:5
Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame.

Matthew 10:22
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:9
"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

John 7:7
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.

John 16:1
"All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.

John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Acts 14:22
strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.

1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 John 3:13
Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
Treasury of Scripture

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