New International Version
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
King James Bible
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Darby Bible Translation
If the world hate you, know that it has hated me before you.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If the world hate you - As the followers of Christ were to be exposed to the hatred of the world, it was no small consolation to them to know that that hatred would be only in proportion to their faith and holiness; and that, consequently, instead of being troubled at the prospect of persecution, they should rejoice, because that should always be a proof to them that they were in the very path in which Jesus himself had trod. Dr. Lardner thinks that πρωτον is a substantive, or at least an adjective used substantively, and this clause of the text should be translated thus: If the world hate you, know that it hated me, your Chief. It is no wonder that the world should hate you, when it hated me, your Lord and Master, whose lips were without guile, and whose conduct was irreproachable. See the doctor's vindication of this translation, Works, vol. i. p. 306.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eversley. Sunday after Ascension Day. 1868. St John xv. 26. "When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me." Some writers, especially when they are writing hymns, have fallen now-a- days into a habit of writing of the Holy Spirit of God, in a tone of which I dare not say that it is wrong or untrue; but of which I must say, that it is one-sided. And if there are two sides to a matter, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
December 16 Evening
May 13. "Abide in Me" (John xv. 4).
February 25. "I am the vine, Ye are the Branches" (John xv. 5).
The righteous detest the dishonest; the wicked detest the upright.
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.
You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil.
"All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.
"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."
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