at that time Yahweh spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go, and loose the sackcloth from off your loins, and put your shoe from off your foot. He did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.
Now when Jesus heard that John was delivered up, he withdrew into Galilee.
Peter took him aside, and began to rebuke him, saying, "Far be it from you, Lord! This will never be done to you."
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Immediately the king sent out a soldier of his guard, and commanded to bring John's head, and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
He called the multitude to himself with his disciples, and said to them, "Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross."
But watch yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will stand before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony to them.
Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went away to the chief priests, that he might deliver him to them.
added this also to them all, that he shut up John in prison.
for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry.
When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything, and followed him.
He left everything, and rose up and followed him.
When some of both the Gentiles and the Jews, with their rulers, made a violent attempt to mistreat and stone them,
confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into the Kingdom of God.
serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears, and with trials which happened to me by the plots of the Jews;
But these things don't count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to fully testify to the Gospel of the grace of God.
Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus."
Paul said, "I pray to God, that whether with little or with much, not only you, but also all that hear me this day, might become such as I am, except for these bonds."
It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.
so that it became evident to the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ;
The former insincerly preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains;
Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf,
Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.
Yes most assuredly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ
Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it.
but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Gospel of God in much conflict.
to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory.
For most assuredly, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction, even as it happened, and you know.
and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we charged you;
But remember the former days, in which, after you were enlightened, you endured a great struggle with sufferings;
For you both had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and an enduring one in the heavens.
Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
having good behavior among the nations, so in that which they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter.
Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time;
But may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as didn't worship the beast nor his image, and didn't receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived, and reigned with Christ for the thousand years.